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Thanks to Putin, Chechnya in ‘Final Stage of Establishing Independence,’ Yashin Says

December 25, 2015

Staunton, December 25 — Vladimir Putin rose to power with a promise to suppress Chechnya’s drive for independence, but his actions in recent years, including his new decision to hand over to Grozny the oil refinery there have put that North Caucasus republic on “the final stage” toward the establishment of an independent country, according […]

Putin Will Invade Baltics Only If He Faces Collapse of His Regime, Kasparov Says

November 7, 2015

Staunton, November 5 – Only if he is facing the complete collapse of his regime, Garri Kasparov says, will Putin consider invading the Baltic countries because NATO has made it clear that it will defend them and Moscow is unprepared to go to war with the West. Instead, the Kremlin leader is more likely to […]

Ten Years after Nalchik, ‘Nowhere in the North Caucasus has the Problem of Terrorism been Resolved’

October 21, 2015

Staunton, October 14 – Ten years ago, a clash between radicals and the authorities in Nalchik claimed 141 lives, but massive repression has not solved the problems that gave rise to terrorism but rather led to “a significant outflow of potential and real militants to the Middle East” from which they may return, according to […]

Putin and Kadyrov Have a Shared Interest in Avoiding a Break But May Not Be Able To

April 30, 2015

Staunton, April 30 – – Both Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov have a deep interest in avoiding a complete break, the former because a new Chechen war would be “a moral catastrophe” that would undermine his myth and the latter because he would not survive without the enormous sums of money Moscow currently sends him, […]

Putin ‘Repeating All Mistakes’ of 2000 Amnesty and Making New Ones as Well, Experts Say

April 28, 2015

Staunton, April 28 – The Victory Day amnesty Vladimir Putin has promised “repeats all the mistakes of an analogous measure of 15 years ago, when the godfathers of organized crime along with repeat rapists and murders were released from prison” on an unsuspecting population, according to Versia journalist Ruslan Gorevoy and the experts he spoke […]

Russia Update: Interior Ministry Denounces Kadyrov’s Call to Shoot Unauthorized Police

April 24, 2015

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. The Russian Interior Ministry has denounced the order of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to shoot on unauthorized police from outside his republic, but Kadyrov has denied […]

Are Kadyrov’s Days as Head of Chechnya Numbered?

December 16, 2014

Staunton, December 15 – Ramzan Kadyrov’s ouster as head of Chechnya has been rumored so often that it has become something “expected” by some, but if he goes, that is likely to entail “unpredictable consequences” for Chechnya, the North Caucasus and Moscow, according to Temur Kozayev. Many had expected Kadyrov to be ousted last spring, […]

Dagestan Becoming a ‘Second Syria,’ Moscow Analyst Says

November 23, 2014

Staunton, November 22 – Under the impact of Moscow media, Russians have become accustomed to thinking that anti-Russian militants in the North Caucasus are bearded men who fight in the forests. But recent events in Dagestan suggest, Vladislav Maltsev says, that in that republic, they are now an urban street movement capable of fighting local […]