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Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Repercussions for Moldova and the South Caucasus

June 16, 2014 06:00 AM

The Jamestown Foundation invites you to attend a conference exploring the profound effect the Russia-Ukraine conflict has had on Moldova and the South Caucasus. Our panelists will examine current...


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The Rationale Behind Putin’s Visit to Mongolia Amid the Ukrainian Crisis

September 12, 2014 02:44 PM

While on a several-day visit to the Russian Far East (see Jamestown Blog on Russia and Eurasia, September 9), Russian President Vladimir Putin spent less than six hours in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on September 3. He took this trip amidst the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and just one day before the 2014 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Wales. While Western media outlets commented on the incongruity of this act, Mongolian officials privately alleged that the Russian leader’s trip was the second act in a drama worked out by Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at their meeting in...


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The North Caucasus Insurgency: One Year Without Doku Umarov

September 12, 2014

The armed resistance in the North Caucasus is transforming and adapting to the new conditions under the Caucasus Emirate’s new emir. September 7 marked exactly one year since the death of the insurgency’s former leader, Doku Umarov (Kavkavsky Uzel, March 18). Umarov was poisoned by food prepared by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and channeled through the Ingush jamaat (Dailymotion, July...

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

Ukraine May Harm Itself by Slapping Sanctions on Russia

September 12, 2014

On September 10, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed into law a bill on sanctions against Russia (president.gov.ua, September 10). The law was published in official newspapers on September 11, which gave Poroshenko legal grounds to, as soon as September 12, slap sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea in March, arming pro-Russia militants in the eastern Donbas region since about the same...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Economics, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Russia and China Set to Clash Over Kyrgyzstan’s Energy

September 11, 2014

On the eve of a new round of anti-Russian sanctions unveiled by the European Union on September 9, Gazprom’s CEO, Alexei Miller, kicked off a two-day visit to Kyrgyzstan. The head of the Russian natural gas giant and Vladimir Putin’s close advisor had previously visited the country twice in August and April 2014, but Gazprom’s representatives are known to have been actively lobbying for the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Energy, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia

Russia Is Seriously Concerned About Threat Posed by Islamic State

September 11, 2014

Russian observers reacted quite strongly to an Internet video released by the Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that is operating in Iraq and Syria as well as Lebanese border areas, in which militants are threatening to launch a war in the Caucasus. The video was first reported by the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Al-Arabia TV channel...

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

Armistice in Ukraine Leaves Part of Donbas Under Russian Control (Part Two)

September 11, 2014

On September 5, Ukraine, Russia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and leaders of the Moscow-backed separatist “governments” signed an armistice agreement in Minsk. The armistice protocol’s Point 4 envisages a “permanent monitoring [of the situation] along the border between Russia and Ukraine,” within a “security zone to be created in border areas of Ukraine and...

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Kremlin Sees Ukraine Crisis as Part of Overall US-Led Assault on Russia

September 11, 2014

The ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk, on September 5, by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and Moscow-backed rebels operating in Ukraine’s Donbas region (area including Luhansk and Donetsk provinces) seems to be holding. Yet, serious problems of implementation persist among the different parties to the somewhat vague twelve-point ceasefire protocol. Nevertheless, both Kyiv and Moscow...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Cossacks Claim Right to Patrol Streets of Historical Circassian Foes in Adygea

September 10, 2014

At the end of July, the governor of Adygea, Aslan Tkhakushinov, and the chief of the Kuban Cossack Forces, Nikolai Doluda, unexpectedly announced that the Cossacks would start conducting public safety patrols in the republic. The Kuban Cossack Forces are based in Krasnodar region and adjacent areas. Understanding the controversy the announcement would cause, the Cossacks’ public relations service...

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

Planned Voter Suppression in 2014 Regional Elections

September 10, 2014

Amid the continuous stream of news coming out of eastern Ukraine—not least the post-modern invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces—the upcoming regional elections in Russia have largely escaped notice. Elections for regional legislatures and governors were reinstated by then-president Dmitry Medvedev, partly to meet protesters’ demands in the wake of the 2011–2012 mass street demonstrations...

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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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Armistice in Ukraine Leaves Part of Donbas Under Russian Control (Part Two)

September 11, 2014 05:11 PM

On September 5, Ukraine, Russia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and leaders of the Moscow-backed separatist “governments” signed an armistice agreement in Minsk. The...


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