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Russia's 'Shadow Mobilization' Accelerates With New Ethnic Units From The North Caucasus
06/30/2022 1:07:01 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 20 replies
Radio Free Europe ^ | 6/26/2022 | Yekaterina Bezmenova
Faced with a deepening personnel crisis within its military, Russia is scrambling to find fighters for its war in Ukraine and recruiting heavily from its North Caucasus region to form new units along ethnic lines who are then deployed with minimal training. Regional officials from Daghestan, Ingushetia, and Kalmykia have announced plans to form rifle companies that are each made up of soldiers from a particular Russian republic. According to reporting by Caucasus.Realities, a regional news outlet of RFE/RL’s North Caucasus Service, these national units are formed primarily of contract soldiers who have previous military training and have been targeted...

Western Powers Must Decide Who to Support in the Caucasus
04/06/2022 9:20:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | April 6, 2022 | Ivan Sascha Sheehan
Is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war spreading beyond Ukraine? On Saturday, tensions flared in the South Caucasus in Nagorno-Karabakh, the location of a Russian-backed separatist state a thousand miles to the south. Internationally recognized as Azerbaijan, long-standing Russian ally Armenia has occupied the territory since the 1990s. As of 2020, so have Russian “peacekeepers.” Last weekend, Russia accused Azerbaijan of breaking a ceasefire agreement. A new front? Perhaps. But there is little doubt these events are tied to The unfortunate answer is that when it comes to the Caucasus many Western officials seem not to know where they stand. When...

The Head of the North Caucasus' Muslims Considers Negotiations with Ukraine Pointless
03/29/2022 5:50:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
Interfax ^ | 3/29/22
Moscow, March 29, Interfax - The head of the Coordination Center of Muslims of the North Caucasus, Ismail Berdiyev, considers negotiations with the Ukrainian side to be hopeless and advocates the total destruction of neo-Nazis in Ukraine. "There is no need to negotiate with them. Even if they agree to surrender now, you don't have to agree, you have to destroy them to the end. There should be no Ukraine," Berdiyev said on Tuesday at a round table of the State Duma Committee on the development of civil society, issues of public and religious associations. According to mufti, appeals to...

EU alarmed by anti-LGBTIQ riot in Georgia [Caucasus]
07/07/2021 6:48:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
EU Observer ^ | 6 Jul 2021 07:13 | Andrew Rettman
Most EU countries, including Hungary, have voiced solidarity with LGBTIQ protesters in Georgia after a violent mob halted their Pride march on Monday (4 July). “We condemn today’s violent attacks on the civic activists, community members, and journalists, as well as the failure of the government leaders and religious officials to condemn this violence,” the EU states’ embassies in Tbilisi said in a joint statement. “Participation in peaceful gatherings is a human right guaranteed by Georgia’s constitution. Violence is simply unacceptable and cannot be excused,” they also said. And they called on those who incited or carried out hate-crimes to...

The war in the Caucasus and the double game of Iran
10/07/2020 3:05:00 PM PDT · by Marinario · 6 replies
Ynet.GoogleTranslate ^ | Raz Zimet
In Nagorno-Karabakh, on the one hand, Shiite Azerbaijan, whose people are a large minority in Iran, is fighting, and on the other, Christian Armenia, a trading partner that helps Tehran circumvent sanctions. In the shadow of the fear of unrest by the Azeri minority, the regime is treading a thin rope Dr. Raz Zimet | Posted 10:12 The fighting between Azerbaijan and the Armenian forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in the Caucasus entered its 11th day this morning (Wednesday), and a ceasefire is still not in sight. More than 200 people have already been killed and hundreds more injured in...

Imam Shamil: a contested legacy that still resonates in the Caucasus
09/14/2019 11:52:41 PM PDT · by NorseViking
Trt ^ | September 6, 2019 | SALAHUDDIN MAZHARY
On the 160th anniversary of Shamil's surrender to Tsarist forces, he inspires courage among the youth of Dagestan, including MMA champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. But in neighbouring Chechnya, he's viewed differently. The song evokes a feeling of righteousness despite lamenting a historic defeat. “O Mountains of Gunib. O soldiers of Shamil. Shamil’s citadel was full of warriors. Yet it has fallen, fallen forever.” The song is still sung by Imam Shamil’s descendants. His name is imprinted in the minds of millions who belong to the Caucusus. Born at a time when imperial Russia was swallowing the territories of the Ottoman and...

The Caucasus: Complex interplay of genes and cultures
02/11/2019 8:14:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, February 4, 2019 | editors
An international research team, coordinated by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) and the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Berlin, is the first to carry out systematic genetic investigations in the Caucasus region... based on analyses of genome-wide data from 45 individuals in the steppe and mountainous areas of the North Caucasus. The skeletal remains, which are between 6,500 and 3,500 years old, show that the groups living throughout the Caucasus region were genetically similar, despite the harsh mountain terrain, but that there was a sharp genetic boundary to the adjacent...

Russian Orthodoxy Losing Out to Protestantism in Muslim North Caucasus
02/20/2018 6:50:14 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 15 replies
Window on Eurasia ^ | 2017 | P. Goble and R. Geryev
Despite or, in some cases, because of the support it receives from the government and the new “anti-extremism” laws deployed against others, the Russian Orthodox Church is increasingly isolated from Russians in the North Caucasus and is losing many of them to Protestant groups who are also attracting some Muslims as well. Ruslan Gereyev, the director of the Center for Islamic Research on the North Caucasus, says that the major reason for Orthodoxy’s failure and Protestantism’s success is that “unlike Protestant and Muslim preachers, representatives of the Russian Orthodox church do not reach out to the population. Because they are...

Iranian Protests Resonating In Russia, Caucasus And Central Asia
01/01/2018 6:34:34 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 18 replies
Eurasia Review ^ | 1/2/2018 | A. Shmulyevich and P. Goble
The outcome of the events in Iran remains far from clear, with the possibilities ranging from the restoration of the power of the existing government to its weakening to its complete overthrow, Avraam Shmulyevich says, with all but the first certain to have a dramatic impact in the post-Soviet space... On the one hand, the current Tehran government is one of Russia’s few allies in the world and that is a matter of concern for Putin. “Note that Russian television isn’t saying anything about the events in Iran, and this is very indicative,” the analyst continues. The Iranian events will...

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...

IS claims deadly shooting in Russia's Caucasus
12/31/2015 7:49:00 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 10 replies ^
Moscow (AFP) - The Islamic State group has claimed it was behind a deadly shooting at an ancient citadel in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, an area increasingly becoming a hotbed of extremism. Related Stories Shooting at ancient citadel in Russia's Caucasus, one dead AFP One killed, 11 injured in gun attack at fortress in southern Russia: RIA cites official Reuters Suspected Russian raids in Syria kill 36 AFP Syrian crisis simplified: Who's fighting whom, and why? Associated Press Tuesday night's attack near the historic citadel of Derbent, which left one person dead and 11 injured, is the...

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,”...

04/20/2015 11:55:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 2 replies
AP ^ | April 20, 2015 | ARSEN MOLLAYEV
Russian special forces have killed the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group operating in the Caucasus region of southern Russia, the national counterterrorism agency said Monday. Aliaskhab Kebekov took over the leadership of the Caucasus Emirate last year after the death of its founder, Doku Umarov, who had claimed responsibility for major attacks in Russia. Kebekov pledged allegiance to al-Qaida and last month was added to a U.S. government list of global terrorists.
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