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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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Moscow Restoring Soviet-Style Repression and Aggression

May 28, 2015 04:15 PM

This week (May 26), Russia’s Ministry of Justice added the private charitable foundation Dynasty, which specializes in distributing grants and stipends to Russian scientists, to the register of organizations that the government classifies as “foreign agents.” Another non-governmental organization (NGO), the “Liberal Mission” foundation, headed by renowned economist and former economics minister Yevgeny Yasin (81), was also simultaneously registered as a “foreign agent.” The Dynasty Foundation was founded by Dmitry Zimin (82), a former Soviet defense industry scientist who specialized in...

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

May 29, 2015

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Since 2007, the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces has had four different heads, with unique military backgrounds. Part One (see EDM, May 22) of this two-part series looked into the biographies of generals Aleksandr Belousov and Vladimir Yakovlev. Part Two will now examine the backgrounds of Andrei Tretyak and Sergei...

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European Union Snubs Georgia on Visa Free Travel Rules, as Pro-Russian Sentiments Grow in the Country

May 29, 2015

At the Eastern Partnership summit, held on May 21–22, in Riga, Latvia, the European Union delayed granting Georgia (along with it Ukraine) visa free travel rules for its citizens. Although Georgians were highly hopeful that their country would be granted a visa waiver for travel to the EU’s Schengen area, it was plainly clear even before the summit that their hopes would be dashed. On May 21,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, Georgia, South Caucasus , Europe

Islam Is Seeking a Greater Role in Russia

May 29, 2015

Since the second half of the 18th century, when Catherine the Great realized that Russia would not be able to Christianize the Muslims in its conquered territories, the Russian government decided to give some autonomy to Muslims. In turn, the latter organized their lives according to sharia law. A hundred years after conquering the Caucasus in the 19th century, the Russian authorities had failed...

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

The Taliban and Islamic State Haunt Tajikistan

May 28, 2015

The specter of a spill-over of violence from Afghanistan continues to haunt Tajikistan. According to the narrative being put forward by the Russian and Tajikistani governments, the Taliban is strengthening its position in northern Afghanistan and its forces are on the verge of invading Tajikistan. They are joined by another bogeyman, the Islamic State, whose militants, officials argue, have...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Terrorism, Central Asia, Tajikistan , Afghanistan, Russia

Popular North Caucasian Islamic Preacher Turns Up in the Middle East and Joins Islamic State

May 28, 2015

One of the most “fashionable” Islamic preachers in the North Caucasus, Nadir Medetov, has unexpectedly surfaced in the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East after being put under house arrest by the Russian security services for the past 6–7 months. How Medetov “evaded” house arrest and now suddenly appeared in the Middle East pledging allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State is...

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

Moscow Plans to Increase Pressure on Ethnic Minority Languages

May 27, 2015

On May 19, President Vladimir Putin addressed a joint meeting of the Council for Interethnic Relations and the Council for Russian Language. “The preservation and development of the Russian language and all the languages of the peoples of the country are essential for the harmonization of inter-ethnic relations, ensuring civil unity, strengthening the state sovereignty and integrity of Russia,”...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, North Caucasus Analysis, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia, Middle Volga, Far East/Siberia

Russo-Chinese Exercises in the Mediterranean

May 27, 2015

Sino-Russian joint naval maneuvers are not a new phenomenon; they have occurred at least twice in the Far East. But the most recent maneuvers that took place in the Mediterranean, and concluded on May 21, represent some new aspects of the Russo-Chinese relationship and both sides’ policies in the Middle East (Sputnik News, May 17; TASS, May 21).

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, China, Russia

The Kremlin Grows Nervous About the Future—and With Good Reason

May 27, 2015

It is still difficult to figure out what sorts of conclusions President Vladimir Putin drew from the long meeting he held with US Secretary of State John Kerry two weeks ago (May 12), in Sochi (see EDM, May 19). But the recent behavior of top Russian officials betrays much apparent anxiety and even nervousness about the future in the halls of power in Moscow. Last week, the Russian government had...

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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

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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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