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  • NATO aims to 'destabilise' Caucasus with Georgia drills: Moscow

    05/06/2016 5:14:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | May 6th, 2016 | Unattributed
    Moscow (AFP) - Russian foreign ministry on Friday accused NATO of seeking to destabilise the Caucasus region with upcoming joint exercises in Georgia, where US soldiers will train together with Georgian forces this month. "We view this consistent 'development' of Georgian territory by NATO soldiers as a provocative move, aiming to deliberately destabilise the military-political situation in the Caucasus region," it said in a statement. Moscow and Tbilisi fought a brief war in 2008 due to a dispute regarding South Ossetia, a separatist region of Georgia which is funded and backed by Russia. After the war, Russia recognised South Ossetia...
  • Russia targeting North Caucasus jihadis linked to ISIS (Expert disputes U.S. claim)

    10/08/2015 6:28:18 PM PDT · by amorphous · 40 replies
    WMD ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – While the United States insists that Russian airstrikes in Syria are targeting “moderate” opposition forces and not ISIS fighters, a Middle East expert claims the targets are jihadists from Russia itself, many of whom have joined various Sunni jihadi groups, including ISIS, according to a new report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Middle East expert Mairbek Vatchagaev told G2 Bulletin the concern for the Russian government is North Caucasus fighters in Syria returning home to continue waging jihad. “It is unclear why Russia sat back for so long and allowed the militants in Syria to consolidate,” said Vatchagaev,...
  • Islamic State’s Caucasus ‘province’ claims first official attack on Russian forces

    09/02/2015 10:27:23 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 2, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    The Islamic State’s so-called “province” in the Caucasus region has claimed responsibility for its first official attack since its was established earlier this year. In a statement released online (seen above), and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, the group says “the soldiers of the Caliphate were able to mount an attack on barracks of the Russian army in southern Dagestan, in Magharamakint village.” The raid allegedly “led to the killing and wounding of a number of them.” Afterwards, “the soldiers of the Caliphate returned to their positions safely and with spoils, and unto Allah is all praise and gratitude,”...
  • Think you know about slavery? You don’t.

    07/02/2015 4:03:37 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 24 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-02-15 | DrJohn
      Certain things tend to set off triggers in you. For me it was Don Lemon- when he joined the flag-damning freaking idiot liberal lemmings in their bloodlust considering the removal of the Jefferson memorial: CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday hinted that there will come a day when the United States will have to "rethink" tributes such as the Jefferson Memorial. After a contentious segment with Ben Jones, in which the former Congressman defended the Confederate flag, Legal View host Ashley Banfield brought up the author of the Declaration of Independence. She reminded, "There is a monument of him in...
  • Newspaper: Iran-linked operatives attempted to assassinate U.S., Israeli diplomats

    05/28/2012 4:49:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    JTA ^ | May 28, 2012 | unattributed, Washington Post
    Operatives linked to Iran tried to kill foreign diplomats, including Israelis and Americans, in at least seven countries over 13 months, the Washington Post reported. New evidence uncovered by investigators in four countries linked the assassination attempts to either Iran-backed Hezbollah militants or operatives based inside Iran, the Post reported Monday, citing U.S. and Middle Eastern security officials. The officials reportedly said that the assassination attempts stopped in early spring, when Iran began to take a softer tone with the West. Shortly after, Iranian officials formally accepted a proposal to resume negotiations with six world powers on proposals to limit...
  • The Mysterious Dolmens of the Caucasus

    06/17/2014 10:56:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 6-17-2014 | April Holloway
    The Western Caucasus, extending over 275,000 ha of the extreme western end of the Caucasus mountains and located 50 km north-east of the Black Sea, is one of the few large mountain areas of Europe that has not experienced significant human impact. Yet dotted within the pristine landscape are thousands of ancient megalithic structures built many millennia ago. Archaeologists do not know who built them, where the stones came from, or what their true purpose was, leading to much speculation in the scientific community.The Russians call the megalithic structures dolmens, which means ‘portal tomb’, but despite the name, there is...
  • Bizarre, elongated skulls found in Siberia

    03/12/2009 11:00:58 AM PDT · by BGHater · 65 replies · 3,209+ views
    Digitial Journal ^ | 28 Feb 2009 | Adriana Stuijt
    This one-minute video shows skulls dating from the 4th century AD, excavated near Omsk, Siberia by Russian archeologists. They show a prominent deformation which they said was created by skull clamping or binding of newborns crania. Archeologists deem these too strange to be publicly displayed in the city museum. From the front the skulls look like that of a normal human, but when turned to the side it's clear that this is not the case. The skulls are grossly elongated. Scholars at the Omsk Museum of History and Culture have no conclusive answer as to the origins of these skulls,...
  • EU to Georgia: Gay Marriage Not a Requirement for Integration

    03/17/2014 11:22:07 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies ^ | 03/04/2014 | Giorgi Lomsadze
    With the Ukrainian crisis in mind, the top European Union official in charge of EU enlargement arrived in Tbilisi on March 4 to underline that Brussels is considering a host of measures to support Georgia’s eagerness for closer ties with the EU and to help resist potential pressure from Russia. Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle spoke generally of economic aid and support for Georgia’s struggle to preserve its territorial integrity, but keeping an eye out for renewed Russian pressure on Georgia does not just apply to these areas. It also appears to mean convincing skeptical Georgians...
  • Islamist rebel vows "maximum force" to stop Sochi Olympics

    07/03/2013 11:54:13 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 5 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | July 3, 2013 | Thomas Groove
    MOSCOW, July 3 (Reuters) - Russian Islamist rebel leaders urged their fighters on Wednesday to use "maximum force" to prevent President Vladimir Putin staging the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In an online video recorded in a forest, Doku Umarov said an order not to attack Russian targets outside the North Caucasus had been cancelled and likened holding the Games in the Black Sea city to performing "Satanic dances" on the graves of Muslims killed fighting Russian forces there in the 19th century. Umarov sat wearing camouflage fatigues and a cap in front of a black jihadist flag, flanked...
  • Canadian jihadi under interrogation told Russians about Tamerlan Tsarnaev; they then told FBI

    05/04/2013 5:51:31 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 11 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 5/4/2013 | Pamela Geller
    Canadian jihadi under interrogation told Russians about Tamerlan Tsarnaev; they then told FBI (full title) Epic failure. Obama scrubbed our counter terror materials and manuals of jihad, so what would you expect to happen? Even in the wake of the blood and carnage, Eric Holder is admonishing Jews to be tolerant of Islam and warning of "anti-Muslim backlash." That's his takeaway. Canadian jihadi under interrogation told Russians about Tamerlan Tsarnaev; they then told FBI Jihadwatch And the FBI did nothing to stop the Boston Marathon jihad bombing. They received the warning but did nothing, because it had to do with...
  • Chechnya: Republic of Contrasts (RT Documentary)

    04/24/2013 12:36:02 PM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 4-19-2013 | RussiaToday
    Published on Apr 19, 2013 Russia's Republic of Chechnya has undergone a revival after two military operations in its recent post-Soviet history. Today, the region is home one of the largest mosques in Europe, hosts international celebrities and even is trying its hand at high fashion. RT explores this republic of contrasts to look at how the Chechen people have struck a balance between tradition and modernity. RT LIVE Subscribe to RT! Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Google+ RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow...
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Although no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Security Will Be Beefed Up...

    04/21/2013 4:11:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies ^ | 10:10AM BST 16 Apr 2013 | By Telegraph Sport, and agencies
    SNIPPET: "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say Russian sports officials said they will beef up security at forthcoming sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others." "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say" SNIPPET: "The World Athletics Championship takes place in Moscow on Aug 10-18, and the event is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort...
  • Dagestani jihadist group issues statement on Boston bombings

    04/21/2013 8:12:34 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 16 replies
    Vilayat Dagestan, a jihadist group that is part of the Caucasus Emirate, an al Qaeda-linked group operating in the North Caucasus, has issued a statement on the Boston Marathon bombings. The group released the statement on its main website earlier today, citing "speculation" in the press that one of the bombers "could be affiliated with the mujahideen of the Caucasus Emirate, in particular, the mujahideen of Dagestan." The statement has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. The organization's statement references Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two brothers responsible for the bombings, who reportedly traveled to Dagestan and Chechnya last year....
  • April 16, 2009. The End of the Second Chechen War. 4 years ago yesterday.

    04/17/2013 9:53:16 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 10 replies
  • Georgia acknowledged launching war in 2008

    04/15/2013 12:51:46 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Pravda ^ | 15.04.2013 | Anton Krivenyuk
    Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili admitted responsibility of Georgia for the outbreak of the war in August of 2008. He stated that the actions of the authorities of the country before crossing the border of Georgia by Russian forces were inadequate. This statement will have tangible consequences, first of all, for President Mikhail Saakashvili. "The political noose" around the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's neck is getting tighter. He is not yet being investigated, but the new authorities have already talked about the possibility of his interrogation about the events of 2008. The country may begin a new investigation into...
  • Moscow will host Georgian-Russian business forum

    04/15/2013 12:18:32 AM PDT · by cunning_fish
    The Georgian Times ^ | 2013.04.08 11:51
    Georgian-Russian business forum will take place in Moscow today. According to the head of the center of Cooperation between Russia and Georgia Giorgi Seturidze the forum is held on the initiative of the Russian partners, informs From the Georgian side in a forum take the representatives of the Banking Association of Georgia, Georgian wine exporters Association, the airlines' Airzena ", the representatives of tourism companies and others. The Forum is held in order to achieve the economic successes. It will consist of two parts. The first part is intended for the presentation of the Georgian side, during which will...
  • Lame Duck Georgian President Saakashvili Just Got Plucked

    03/27/2013 12:53:07 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 17 replies
    The Georgian Times ^ | March 26, 2013
    On March 21, the Georgian Parliament passed constitution amendment limiting presidential powers with the vast majority of votes. Georgian President Mikhael Saakashvili will no longer be able to sack the Georgian Parliament with one swift stroke now that the amendment was passed with 135 votes. People have been wondering who was going to win the big showdown in the Georgian Parliament on March 21, 2013. Well, it depends on who you ask and still there are those who think Saakashvili's ability to land on his feet is like a cat. No doubt Saakashvili will try to make a big thing...
  • Why the West Can't Do Business With Iran (Important read)

    01/18/2013 3:53:50 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Standpoint Mag. ^ | January/February 2013 | AMIR TAHERI
    -excerpt- As far as the Islamic Republic is concerned, anti-Americanism may be even more important than professing Islam. This is why Tehran has forged close ties with the handful of regimes across the globe that, each for a reason of its own, shares that visceral hatred of the US. -exceprt- In the dispute over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Iran supported Christian Armenia against Shia Muslim Azerbaijan. The reason was Armenia's close ties with Russia, while Azerbaijan had become an ally of the US and established full diplomatic ties with Israel. What mattered for the Khomeinist regime was not Islam but...
  • Georgian Government Warns Of Russian Build Up As Election Nears

    10/12/2012 10:22:40 AM PDT · by edpc · 5 replies
    The Cable ^ | 12 Oct 2012 | Josh Rogin
    As Georgians head to the polls Monday, analysts are warning that rising tensions could boil over just as the Russian military is conducting exercises near the de facto border line, a situation the Georgia government is worried Moscow could exploit. "We hope it will be made clear to Russia that a military invasion into Georgia with the goal of destroying Georgia's sovereignty, which is still the goal of the Kremlin, will have a huge at minimum political price for Russia in its relationship with Western powers," Georgia's National Security Advisor Giga Bokeria told The Cable in a phone interview from...
  • Global Jihadism Comes to Russia’s North Caucasus

    07/19/2012 8:38:42 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 2 replies
    Fair Observer via Johnson's Russia List ^ | 12 July 2012 | Gordon Hahn
    For years...biased and ignorant journalists, academics, think-tank analysts, and foundation activists trumpeted the Chechen separatists as victims and ignored the pivotal role of global and local Jihadists. Their version of [suicide] attacks [in Russia] had to fit this paradigm [sound familiar?].
  • Israel's Secret Staging Ground

    03/30/2012 1:31:57 AM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 3/30/2012 | Mark Perry
    In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable to the State Department's headquarters in Foggy Bottom titled "Azerbaijan's discreet symbiosis with Israel." The memo, later released by WikiLeaks, quotes Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev as describing his country's relationship with the Jewish state as an iceberg: "nine-tenths of it is below the surface." Why does it matter? Because Azerbaijan is strategically located on Iran's northern border and, according to several high-level sources I've spoken with inside the U.S. government, Obama administration officials now believe that the "submerged" aspect of the Israeli-Azerbaijani...
  • Scandinavian Ancestry -- Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan

    12/15/2001 2:43:28 PM PST · by spycatcher · 56 replies · 3,406+ views
    Azerbaijan International ^ | Summer 2000 | Thor Heyerdahl
        Summer 2000 (8.2) Scandinavian Ancestry Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan by Thor Heyerdahl Above: Thor Heyerdahl with Peruvian children who still construct traditional boats made of reeds, the principle material that enabled early migrations on trans-oceanic voyages. Courtesy: Thor Heyerdahl. Archeologist and historian Thor Heyerdahl, 85, has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions during the past two decades. Each time, he garners more evidence to prove his tantalizing theory - that Scandinavian ancestry can be traced to the region now known as Azerbaijan. Heyerdahl first began forming this hypothesis after visiting Gobustan, an ancient cave dwelling found 30 miles ...
  • FSB prevented a terrorist attack on the "Sapsan" [bullet train] thanks to an informer

    08/15/2011 4:19:03 PM PDT · by Toliy · 1 replies ^ | 8/15/2011 |
    According to RIA Novosti's source within the Russian special forces, information about a planned terrorist attack along the route of the "Sapsan" was obtained by the FSB from an informer embedded within the North Kavkaz terror network. According to the source, the conscripted agent informed the FSB that leaders of the Dagestan terror network sent Islam Hamuzhev, a resident of Kabardino-Balkariya, to Moscow for the execution of the planned act. Prior to his departure, Islam completed a bomb-making course in a terrorist camp in Dagestan. Hamuzhev's plan, when in Moscow, was to find like-minded persons to execute the act...
  • The Deadliest Village in Russia

    04/20/2011 7:48:53 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 1 replies
    Fopreign Policy ^ | April 1, 2011 | Tom Parfitt
    This confrontation is particularly acute in Dagestan. Here, Salafis, who believe in a return to the teachings of early leaders of the Muslim faith, face off against Sufis, who are supported by the official Spiritual Board of Muslims. There is intolerance on both sides. In Makhachkala, the Dagestani capital, a Salafi woman dressed in a hijab and floor-length tunic showed me a recording on her cell phone of Sheikh Said-Afandi, one of the republic's most revered Sufi leaders. "Disgusting," she said, as she watched scores of the sheikh's murids (followers) lining up to kiss his hands. "No man should make...
  • Suspects in the Domodedovo terrorist attack transported to Moscow

    04/02/2011 10:29:48 PM PDT · by Toliy · 9 replies ^ | 04/02/2011 |
    An image from an observation camera inside the international arrivals hall at "Domodedovo" shows the aftermath of the blast (image copyright The brothers Islam and Iles Yandiev, suspected as accessories to the terrorist attack in the Moscow airport "Domodedovo," were transported to Moscow, according to a RIA Novosti report of April 2nd. According to a member of the law enforcement agencies of the North Kavkaz federal region, Yandievs were transported to the capital under guard in a transport airplane. The Yandievs were transferred from the North Osetian trial detention facility to the Moscow jail "Lefortovo." The suspects were detained...
  • Russia's Muslim south is hideout for robust insurgency

    02/08/2011 12:37:44 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 6, 2011 | Amie Ferris-Rotman
    NAZRAN, RUSSIA - Neiba scrapes out a meager income selling soil-caked clumps of wild garlic she picks in the forests of Russia's poorest province - an occupation that a growing Islamic insurgency has made increasingly hazardous. "I will only go to the forest with my husband, and even then, we are terrified every time," said Neiba, 43, as she adjusted her bright red hijab at the sprawling outdoor market in Nazran, Ingushetia's largest town. "What if we see a rebel?" "But we must make a living," she said, flashing her remaining four teeth, each of them encased in gold.

    06/08/2009 7:13:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies · 1,395+ views ^ | Posted on 08 June 2009 @ 16:36 GMT | n/a
    Snippet: "On the other hand, this would be the fifth time he's been killed."
  • Stanislav Markelov: I defend the interests of Russian law

    11/28/2010 5:26:56 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | January 19th, 2009 | Irina Ozyornaya, Vera Chelishcheva, & editors of 'Novaya Gazeta'
    "In justifying Budanov, we automatically recognize Chechnya as an independent state" An unpublished interview with Attorney Markelov We are printing a hitherto unknown interview with Stanislav Markelov, taken after he had returned from Chechnya in the early part of June 2002. Back then 'Stas' had become an attorney for the Kungayevs, the Chechen family accusing Colonel Budanov of abducting, raping, and murdering their daughter, 18 year-old Elsa Kungayeva. This is the first time that this interview, taken six and a half years ago, has been published. At the invitation of human rights groups 'Memorial', 'Civic Assistance', and others, in the...
  • RUSSIA: Suicide Car Bomb at City's Central Market Kills at Least 17, Wounds 133 in Northern Caucasus

    09/09/2010 6:02:06 PM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1+ views
    (AP) via JIHAD ^ | September 9, 2010
    "Russia: Suicide car bomb at city's central market kills at least 17, wounds 133 in northern Caucasus" SNIPPET: "The attacker detonated his explosives as he drove by the main entrance to the Vladikavkaz market, according to the Emergency Situations Ministry." SNIPPET: "The market and its surrounding blocks has been the target of several bomb attacks over the past dozen years, in which scores of people have died."
  • Encroachment of sharia law in Russia's Caucasus

    08/26/2010 1:55:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2010
    Aug 2010: Many women complain they have been harassed by bands of men for not wearing headscarves in Chechnya. Some of the assailants said they were working under orders from religious authorities. Aug 2010: Chechnya's mufti Sultan Mirzayev, the region's spiritual leader and a close ally of Kadyrov, makes the radical order that all eateries shut completely for the holy month of Ramadan. Though it carries no legal weight, it is followed through, residents and witnesses say. July 2010: Hardline, Kremlin-backed Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov says in a state TV interview that he was grateful to assailants who targeted women...
  • Russia's Long (and Brutal) War on Terror

    08/24/2010 7:20:29 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 17 replies
    The Time Magazine ^ | Aug. 22, 2010 | Nathan Thorburgh
    On a Monday morning, March 29, suicide bombers attacked two metro stations in the heart of Moscow. The detonations, timed 40 minutes apart during rush hour for maximum damage, in some ways resembled the 2004 commuter-train attack in Madrid, the July 7 bombings in London a year later and numerous other public acts of terrorism around the globe. These similarities were not lost on world leaders, who were quick to express not just sympathy but also empathy. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said, "When Moscow is attacked, we are all attacked." In June, just days before the exposure of a U.S.-based...
  • Russia's Muslim south triples sharia bride price (Putin approved)

    07/10/2010 9:14:41 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The price tag on a bride in Russia's Ingushetia province has been tripled by the regional government, in a sign the Muslim North Caucasus region is slipping out of Kremlin control as sharia law eclipses Russian. Against the backdrop of a bubbling Islamist insurgency, the revival of Islam in the North Caucasus following the break-up of the Soviet Union almost 20 years ago has brought sharia law to the region, revered by both rebels and ordinary citizens alike. The issue of the 'kalym', a price paid by a groom to the family of the woman he chooses...
  • Israel Planning Attacks On Iran

    06/30/2010 6:35:29 AM PDT · by Fennie · 64 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 30, 2010
    THE Daily Mail has learnt that Israel is massing warplanes in the Caucasus for an attack on Iran. Preparations are underway to launch the military attack form Azerbaijan and Georgia, reports Akhbar Al Khaleej, quoting military sources. It has been reported that Israel was, in fact, training pilots in Turkey to launch the strike and was smuggling planes into Georgia using Turkish airspace, according to the sources.
  • Russia starts large-scale war games, Georgia fumes

    06/29/2010 10:53:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/29/2010 | By Dmitry Solovyov
    Russia launched large-scale military exercises involving thousands of troops across parts of its southern regions on Monday which Georgia said would violate its territory. The Defence Ministry said the sweep of the week-long "Caucasus 2009" manoeuvres would include the volatile, mainly-Muslim regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia - continuing focus of rebel groups seeking to prize the area from Moscow's control. Moscow sees the Caucasus mountains area as a strategically vital zone, the approach to prime agricultural and industrial regions and an important energy transit route. The Kremlin views any challenge here as a threat to the overall security and...
  • Russians capture, kill 2 top Caucasus Emirate commanders

    06/13/2010 5:12:13 PM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies · 330+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | Jun 13, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    Russian security forces dealt a double blow to the al Qaeda-linked Caucasus Emirate during operations in the southern Russian republics late last week. Emir Magas, the military commander of the Caucasus Emirate, was captured and Yasir Amarat, a wanted terrorist commander from Jordan, was killed during raids by Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB. On June 9, the FSB captured Emir Magas, whose real name is Ali Taziyev, during a raid in the village of Malgobek in the Republic of Ingushetia. Kavkaz Center, a jihadist website that supports the Caucasus Emirate, confirmed Magas' capture and noted his importance. Magas has...
  • Horse Race Jihad Kills One, Wounds 29 In North Caucasus

    05/02/2010 1:16:39 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 469+ views
    SNIPPET: "The attack took place at a hippodrome in the city of Nalchik, capital of Russia's North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria." SNIPPET: "A law enforcement source told the RIA Novosti news agency the explosive was a time bomb, equivalent to about 5 kg of TNT. The ministry officials said the attack was aimed at civilians and was designed to hit as many people as possible." Posted by Robert on May 1, 2010 5:21 PM
  • Refugees caught in the middle of Georgia-Russia tensions

    04/26/2010 5:06:56 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 150+ views ^ | April 23, 2010
    It started on August 7 2008 when Georgian troops attacked Russian-backed separatists in the breakaway region of South Ossetia. The Russian Army retaliated, driving deep into Georgian territory. Tens of thousands of Georgians fled their homes and some 30,000 are still displaced. Some of them now live in a colony in Akhali Tserovani. It was built by the Georgian government, which pays cash subsidies to residents every month. The people who live there say all they want is to return to their homes. But their homes are now in Russian-occupied land. Georgia's Orthodox patriarch Ilia II says he discussed the...
  • Is the United States Losing Azerbaijan?

    04/24/2010 1:57:24 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 394+ views
    Azerbaijan’s long-standing alignment with the United States is rapidly unraveling in the wake of Washington’s recent policy initiatives. As perceived from Baku, those US initiatives fly in the face of Azerbaijan’s staunch support over the years to US strategic interests and policies in the South Caucasus-Caspian region. Current US policies, however, are seen to favor Armenia in the Karabakh conflict resolution negotiations, curry favor with Armenian advocacy groups in domestic US politics, split Turkey and Azerbaijan from one another over the Karabakh issue, isolate Azerbaijan in the region, and pressure Baku into silent acquiescence with these policies. Key actors in...
  • Why Putin can't crush his Islamists

    04/02/2010 2:53:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 526+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 2, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    It's been an embarrassing week for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, prime minis ter and de facto czar. On Monday, Islamist suicide bombers struck just a rifle shot from the Kremlin. The worst of the two subway bombings rubbed ex-KGB man Putin's nose in it by slaughtering dozens in the Lyubanka station -- named for the notorious security-service headquarters upstairs. And the day after the two blasts killed 39 (with twice that many hospitalized), Islamist terrorists renewed their bombing campaign in Russia's Muslim republic of Daghestan, next to battered (Muslim) Chechnya.
  • Russia's Czar Wars Aren't Over

    03/31/2010 6:34:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 418+ views ^ | March 31, 2010 | Austin Bay
    Monday's attacks on Moscow's subways provide an odious reminder of the Russian empire's post-Cold War instability and the Russian government's severe internal challenges. As this column goes to press, no organization has claimed responsibility for the attacks that left 39 dead and scores wounded, though Russian commentators and international analysts suspect Islamist-inspired separatists in the northern Caucasus region planned and executed the terror strikes. Russian security forces are fighting guerrilla and terrorist cells based in troubled Caucasus political fragments like Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya. Islamist separatist groups from these areas have used "the woman-delivered weapon" in previous attacks on Russian...
  • Deadly explosions on Moscow Metro system [UPDATE: 41 Dead; 2 Female Suicide Bombers]

    03/28/2010 10:12:15 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 75 replies · 2,184+ views
    The BBC ^ | Monday, 29 March 2010 06:02 UK | the BBC
    At least 25 people are reported to have been killed in an explosion on the Metro system in central Moscow, with a second blast coming shortly afterwards. The first blast happened at the city's central Lubyanka station, reports quoting security sources said. A second explosion happened at the Park Kultury station, Russian news agency Tass reported. Ten people were injured in the first blast, Tass said, quoting the emergencies ministry. The number of casualties at the second blast is not yet clear.
  • US warship in Georgia for joint exercises: embassy

    02/27/2010 8:49:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 496+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/25/2010 | Space War
    A US warship arrived in Georgia's Black Sea waters Thursday for exercises with the country's coast guard, the US embassy said, in the latest of a series of such visits that have infuriated Russia. The USS John L. Hall guided-missile frigate arrived in the vicinity of the Georgian port of Poti, an embassy spokesman said, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the de facto border with the Russian-backed breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia. "The aim of the visit is to conduct joint exercises with the Georgian coast guard," said the embassy spokesman, who declined to be named. He said the...
  • Russia to build military base in occupied Georgia

    02/18/2010 10:48:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 392+ views
    Euractiv ^ | 1/18/2010 | Euractiv
    Russia secured on 17 February the right to maintain a large, long-term military presence in the Georgian rebel region of Abkhazia, signing a deal for a military base that was condemned by Tbilisi and the West. The base will accommodate at least 3,000 Russian land troops, already stationed in Abkhazia, for at least 49 years, Abkhaz officials said. "This agreement creates a foundation for the development of Abkhazia as an independent state," Medvedev said at a signing ceremony in the Great Kremlin Palace. Moscow recognised Abkhazia in August 2008 after crushing an assault by US ally Georgia on another pro-Russian...
  • NATO slams Russian military base pact with Georgian rebels

    02/17/2010 6:47:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 326+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 1/17/2010 | Space Daily
    NATO on Wednesday denounced as "invalid" a Russian pact establishing a military base in the rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia, urging Moscow to revoke it. "NATO considers invalid agreements between Russia and the (Georgian) territories," which its 28 member nations do not recognise, alliance spokeswoman Carmen Romero said. The Russian-Abkhaz deal, signed in Moscow Wednesday during an elaborate "state visit" by rebel leader Sergei Bagapsh, builds on previous agreements allowing Russia to maintain thousands of troops and border guards in Abkhazia. The base pact allows Russian forces "to defend the sovereignty and safety of the republic jointly with the armed...
  • Chechen president says the West wants to destroy Russia

    12/28/2009 7:12:16 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 532+ views ^ | December 21, 2009
    Ramzan Kadyrov, a 33-year-old former rebel turned Kremlin loyalist, said that last year's attack by Georgia, which is a US ally, on the pro-Russian rebel region of South Ossetia was part of a Western plot to seize the whole Caucasus region. "If they get control of the Caucasus, you could say they'll get control of virtually all of Russia, because the Caucasus is our backbone," Kadyrov said. .... "The Russian government needs to work out a strategy, it needs to attack," the Chechen president said. "...Georgia, South Ossetia, Ukraine, all this will go on and on. It's Russia's private affliction....
  • Muslim revival brings polygamy, camels to Chechnya

    12/28/2009 6:48:41 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 426+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 16, 2009
    Hardline Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov is vying with insurgents for authority in a land ravaged by two secessionist wars with Moscow. Each side is claiming Islam as its flag of legitimacy, each reviles the other as criminal and blasphemous. Wary of the dangers of separatism in a vast country, Moscow watches uneasily as central power yields to Islamic tenets. It must chose what it might see as the lesser of two evils. Though polygamy is illegal in Russia, the southern Muslim region of Chechnya encourages the practice, arguing it is allowed by sharia law and the Koran, Islam's holiest book....
  • President of breakaway Abkhazia to visit Turkey

    12/15/2009 5:38:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 314+ views ^ | December 16, 2009
    The newly re-elected president of Abkhazia, an unrecognized breakaway region of Georgia, Sergei Bagapsh will pay a visit to Turkey soon, citing the need to reach out to members of the Abkhaz diaspora currently living in the country. At a press conference following his landslide victory in the Abkhaz presidential elections, which Georgia labeled an “immoral comedy,” Bagapsh said he plans to make an informal trip to Turkey very soon. “I will have informal meetings with Turkish officials,” Bagapsh said. Abkhazia has been a battleground for Russia since the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia over the disputed region...
  • Armenian Party Criticizes Russian Policies On Azerbaijan, Turkey

    11/28/2009 2:49:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 437+ views ^ | November 28, 2009
    YEREVAN -- Two leaders of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation party (Dashnaktsutyun) have criticized Russian policy toward Turkey and Azerbaijan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. Vahan Hovannisian, a senior Dashnaktsutyun lawyer, said that Russian policy toward the South Caucasus is "dangerous" for Armenia. Hovannisian did not elaborate on his statement. Another Dashnaktsutyun leader, Hrayr Karapetian, who heads the parliament's defense and security committee, said Russia's deepening military cooperation with Turkey and Azerbaijan runs counter to its military alliance with Armenia. Karapetian said a 2010 plan for joint military exercises signed by Azerbaijani and Russian defense ministers is "at the least, strange and...
  • Russia's Hidden War

    10/26/2009 2:56:00 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 19 replies · 1,341+ views
    SBS Dateline ^ | October 18, 2009 | Evan Williams
    In the Caucasus Mountains along Russia's southern fringe, a hidden war is escalating. Moscow says it's battling militant Islam in the tiny republic of Ingushetia. But people here say hundreds of innocent civilians are being tortured and murdered. REPORTER: He says, "We can no longer walk. "Our teeth have been broken, our jaws are broken. "We desperately need some help." They say they live in terror of a Russian security apparatus out of control. We arrived in Nazran, the largest town in the mainly Muslim Russian Republic of Ingushetia. We were taken to a house, where we were met by...