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Are Georgian-Ukrainian Bilateral Relations Deteriorating?

March 30, 2015 03:48 PM

On March 26, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili declared that he was postponing his state visit to Ukraine because he was too busy dealing with Georgia’s domestic affairs. Garibashvili took pains to emphasize that the postponement of his visit was not due to his unhappiness at the Ukrainian leadership’s decision to appoint former president Mikhail Saakashvili and his former senior Georgian officials—all political nemeses of the current Georgian ruling elite—to high-ranking government positions in Kyiv (Channel 1 TV; Rustavi 2, March 26). However, many signs indicate that the reason...

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Putin’s Conveniently Imperfect Memory

March 30, 2015

The Kremlin press service announced last week that President Vladimir Putin would not celebrate the 15th anniversary of his first election, which occurred on March 26, 2000 (, March 26). Indeed, many murky circumstances cloud his improbable arrival to the summit of power as Boris Yeltsin’s hand-picked successor, which he probably does not wish to reflect upon at present; the image of his...

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

History Widens the Divide Between the North Caucasus and the Rest of Russia

March 30, 2015

A struggle over history books appears to be unfolding in the North Caucasus. Moscow’s envoy to the region attacked North Caucasus universities for “falsifying history” at a meeting of governors of the North Caucasus Federal District, held in the city of Stavropol on March 20, devoted to economic and educational issues (, March 20).

The deputy head of the North Caucasus Federal...

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

Common Currency for the Eurasian Economic Union: Testing the Ground?

March 27, 2015

On March 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin, while on a visit to Astana, Kazakhstan, said that Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan—the three main founding members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), and formerly Eurasian Customs Union—should consider creating a monetary union. As Putin argued, “working shoulder to shoulder, it would be easier for us to respond to external financial and economic...

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Why Is Russia Deploying Nuclear Weapons to Crimea?

March 27, 2015

Recently, there has been an uptick in Russian efforts to defend the placement of nuclear-capable weapons, if not actual nuclear weapons, on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which Russia illegally annexed one year ago. Notably, TU-22M3 long-range bombers, which would be able to carry and deliver such weapons, have now been deployed to Crimea. And Russia has also been stepping up its defensive rhetoric...

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

Kadyrov Takes Chechen Special Forces Training to New Heights

March 27, 2015

Chechen special services operating under the auspices of Ramzan Kadyrov and trained by an ex-major of the Russian security services’ Alpha group, Daniil Martynov, keep expanding their activities to new areas. Martynov helped Kadyrov to rid himself of his special bodyguards from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), who were obstructing his activities in Chechnya (Moskovsky Komsomolets,...

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

Central Asians Fighting in Ukraine May Lead to Tensions With Russia

March 26, 2015

On March 17, the Russian and Kyrgyzstani services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) published a long interview with a citizen of Kyrgyzstan identified as Manas (not his real name), who said he had fought alongside the Moscow-backed pro-Russia separatists in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine. A retired officer and former graduate of the Simferopol High Military and Political Academy...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan , Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Security Operation in Dagestan Apparently Kills Rebels and Bystanders Alike

March 26, 2015

During the past 16 years of battling militants in the North Caucasus, Russia’s security services and police have generally avoided taking prisoners among the insurgents. This tendency was recently displayed once again in an operation conducted in Makhachkala.

According to the official version of events, on March 21, police sealed off an apartment block in the Dagestani capital in which a group...

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

The Kremlin’s Game of Threats

March 26, 2015

Last week (March 19), speaking at an annual conference of the Union of Russian Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)—Russia’s main business lobbying group—President Vladimir Putin promoted a previously announced financial amnesty. Putin implied that Russia’s super-rich must repatriate their capital back from abroad and out of offshore havens to legalize them in Russia with impunity. A mass...

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Ukraine in a Leaderless Europe: A Net Assessment (Part Three)

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