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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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Donetsk, Luhansk ‘People’s Republics’ Seek International Legitimization Through Local Elections (Part One)

May 22, 2015 04:35 PM

The possible international recognition of “elections” staged in the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (“DPR, LPR”) is one of the major innovations of the Minsk Two armistice agreement on Ukraine. It is Moscow’s innovation, with Germany and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on board.

From 1991 to date, armed secessionist authorities in Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Karabakh staged numerous “elections.” None were ever recognized internationally as valid. The OSCE and other international organizations declined even to monitor those elections, so...


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Putin and Latvia’s Latgale: Ethnicity as Explanation Vs. Ethnicity as Excuse

May 26, 2015

Vladimir Putin’s use of ethnicity to justify his actions in Ukraine has been widely accepted in the West but not commonly understood. That is to say, his claims that he can intervene on behalf of ethnic Russians or others that he feels are close to his “Russian world” are accepted as somehow plausible or even legitimate if the Kremlin can point to anyone in those groups who feels that he or she...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Baltics, Russia

Circassians Mark Anniversary of Their Historical Homeland’s Destruction

May 26, 2015

The annual Circassian Day of Remembrance and Mourning was marked, on May 21, by Circassians across the North Caucasus and outside Russia. A large procession took place in Maikop, the capital of Adygea (Natpressru.info, May 22). An official rally also took place in Karachaevo-Cherkessia (Riakchr.ru, May 21). Perhaps the biggest rally of Circassians in the North Caucasus took place in...

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

Donetsk, Luhansk ‘People’s Republics’ Seek International Legitimization Through Local Elections (Part Two)

May 26, 2015

*To read Part One, please click here.

 

The armistice signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015, (Minsk Two agreement) opens the way for staging local elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (“DPR, LPR”) and the possible validation of those elections’ outcome by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). This scenario, if carried out as proposed against Ukraine,...

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

Sergei Shoigu: Putin’s Point Man in the Ukraine Conflict

May 26, 2015

Since the Russian military became a policy tool in the Kremlin’s conflict in Ukraine, Defense Minister Army-General Sergei Shoigu received surprisingly little attention from observers of Russia’s defense policies. Shoigu offered broad support for the operation to “restore” Crimea to Russia, while emphatically denying the presence of Russian military personnel in southeastern Ukraine. Recent...

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

Russia’s Chiefs of the Military Academy of the General Staff, 2007–2015, and What They Tell Us About Russian Military Art (Part One)

May 22, 2015

The leadership of institutions can often reveal a great deal about these organizations’ changing place in the state and society. The General Staff has traditionally been the brains of the military and Russia’s “unblinking eye” on the future of war. Graduates of the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces form the elite of the elite. The Military Academy’s gold medal...

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Victory Day and Belarus’s Diplomatic Offensive

May 22, 2015

On May 9, Belarus celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. According to Emmanuel Ioffe, an authoritative Minsk historian (no relation to this author), the overall number of Belarus’s casualties in that war amounted to 3,074,000, whereas the country’s population on the eve of war was 9,183,000, within current borders. No other country lost as many of its people relative to its...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Europe, Belarus

Chechens React to Boston Marathon Bombing Verdict

May 22, 2015

Immediately after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested for carrying out the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, multiple support groups mushroomed online, particularly on Russian social media. In the two years since Tsarnaev’s arrest, the number of groups has decreased somewhat and some of them have transformed. The group initially formed on VKontakte in support of Dzokhar’s older brother...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

What Does the Arrival of American Military Equipment in Georgia Mean?

May 21, 2015

On May 11, an unprecedented two-week military exercise, “Noble Partner 2015,” began at the former Russian military base, Vaziani, in the suburb of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Russia withdrew its last military forces from Vaziani in 2007 (Civil Georgia, May 11).

Georgian and United States military units have taken part in joint military exercises in the past, both on a bilateral and...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia

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

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Donetsk, Luhansk ‘People’s Republics’ Seek International Legitimization Through Local Elections (Part Two)

May 26, 2015 04:31 PM

*To read Part One, please click here.

 

The armistice signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015, (Minsk Two agreement) opens the way for staging local elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s...


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