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Baltic Defense & Security After Ukraine: New Challenges, New Threats

April 30, 2015 09:00 AM

To commemorate 25 years of Baltic independence, The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce that, on April 30, it will organize a conference entitled, “Baltic Defense & Security After Ukraine:...


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Putin Outlines Current Policy Toward Ukraine (Part Two)

April 24, 2015 03:53 PM

Addressing Russia’s populace and, implicitly, Ukraine in his annual phone-in dialogue (see Part One in EDM, April 23), Russian President Vladimir Putin torpedoed the Minsk Two agreement beyond repair: “I say outright and unequivocally: there are no Russian forces in Ukraine” (Kremlin.ru, April 17).

Quite apart from the United States’ and North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) intelligence consistently proving Russia’s military deployments in Ukraine’s east (one new operative term is “combined Russian-separatist forces”), Putin’s brazen denial is tantamount to saying “no deal” under...


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Racism in Russia and the 2018 World Cup

April 24, 2015

Adolf Hitler’s birthday, April 20, is traditionally a time when the Russian Far Right (along with extremist organizations all over the world) “celebrate” by attacking those who are ethnically and culturally different (see EDM, April 29, 2013). The most notable event this year was the dispersal by OMON (Russian riot police) of neo-Nazis in a Moscow nightclub who had gathered to commemorate the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Russia

Russian Company That Illegally Operates in Abkhazia Is Coming to Georgia

April 24, 2015

Abkhazia, a former autonomous region of Georgia, was recognized as an “independent state” by Russia following the five-day Russian-Georgian war in August 2008. A couple weeks ago (April 10), the “prime minister” of Abkhazia, Artur Mikvabia, officially presented the self-proclaimed republic’s newest deputy prime minister, 39-year-old Russian citizen Dmitry Serikov (Abkhazinform.com, April 10)....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Russia

Caucasus Emirate Amir Killed in Dagestan

April 24, 2015

Observers who have followed the evolution of Russia’s campaign against the Islamic armed resistance in the North Caucasus over the past 16 years probably noticed that Moscow has no strategy in the region, but only a set of chaotic reactions. Apart from special operations, the Russian government does not seem to pursue any other way to reduce tensions in the region apart from launching special...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

Fight Between Authorities and Islamist Militants Intensifies in Kabardino-Balkaria

April 23, 2015

Against the backdrop of the simmering conflict in Kabardino-Balkaria, President Vladimir Putin replaced the interior minister of the republic, Sergei Vasiliev, with a police major-general, Igor Romashkin. Vasiliev had been in office since 2010. The new Kabardino-Balkarian interior minister served as deputy director of the Russian Ministry of Interior’s directorate in the North Caucasus Federal...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

Putin Outlines Current Policy Toward Ukraine (Part One)

April 23, 2015

In his annual phone-in conversation with Russia’s populace and in follow-up interviews, President Vladimir Putin has expounded at length on Russia’s current policy objectives regarding Ukraine (Interfax, Kremlin.ru, April 16, 17).

Putin’s remarks evidenced both strategic consistency and tactical adjustments necessitated by Ukraine’s ongoing political consolidation. Although Putin’s annual...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Russia Paying Steep Price for Annexing Crimea

April 23, 2015

This week (April 21), Russian prime minister and former president Dmitry Medvedev spent several hours presenting to the State Duma (lower house of parliament) the annual government report on policies and achievements in 2014, as required by the constitution. According to Medvedev, Russia is under siege and “there should be no illusions—the present economic crisis is not transient”; if oil prices...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Economics, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea

Ukraine’s Ineffectual Information Ministry: Underfunded or Misconceived?

April 22, 2015

Informational warfare has been a critical part of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine. As Russian military reporter and veteran of the Russia’s two wars in Chechnya, Arkadiy Babchenko, argues, “I believe this [the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war] is the first war in the entire history triggered solely by Goebbels-style propaganda. Had it not been for Russian TV, this war would never have happened”...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Cyber, Info Warfare/Media, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Europe, Crimea, Ukraine

Moscow May be Unimpressed by Cossacks’ Performance as Protectors of Russian Interests in North Caucasus

April 22, 2015

The process of electing the Terek Cossack ataman (chieftain) has been quite public and scandalous this year. Moscow’s envoy to the North Caucasus, Sergei Melikov, outlined the views of the government on the future of the Cossacks. He said the entire structure of the currently highly fractured Terek Cossack forces should be “reformatted” to produce a unified Terek Cossack Military. Melikov said he...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Military/Security, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia, Home Page

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Vladimir Socor is a senior fellow of The Jamestown Foundation and regular writer for Eurasia Daily Monitor.

Breaking News:

Putin Outlines Current Policy Toward Ukraine (Part Two)

April 24, 2015 03:53 PM

Addressing Russia’s populace and, implicitly, Ukraine in his annual phone-in dialogue (see Part One in EDM, April 23), Russian President Vladimir Putin torpedoed the Minsk Two agreement beyond...


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