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Alleged IS Recruiter Arrested in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge

By George TsereteliOn June 14, the counter-terrorism unit of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs conducted special operations in the Pankisi Gorge, leading to the arrest of Aiuf Borchashvili as well as several other men. According to investigators, Borchashvili, a resident and imam of the... MORE

Moscow Faces Uprisings in Its Penal System

By Paul GobleIt is one of the paradoxes of authoritarian regimes that they face revolts among their prison population far more often than democratic systems.  On the one hand, that seems odd given that authoritarian regimes are far more willing to employ violence to suppress... MORE

‘Buryatia Has Already Entered a Revolutionary Situation’

By Paul GobleOn May 30, a group of Buryats went out into the streets on the 92ndanniversary of the formation of the Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Republic, and demanded that the republic’s head be replaced and that both the republic government and Moscow focus on preventing the... MORE

Sargsyan’s Visit to the US Opens New Stage in Bilateral Relations

By Erik DavtyanOn May 6–8, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian and Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians Garegin II, paid a working visit to the United States (President.am, May 6). Not counting Sargsyan’s previous visit in... MORE

FSB Worried About Spread of Radical Islam in the Urals

By Paul GobleThe director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Aleksandr Bortnikov, says that his organization is concerned about the spread of radical Islam among young people in the Urals Federal District (FD). He notes that over the past five years, Russian security services... MORE

Siloviki Increasingly Moscow’s Weapon of Choice in Regional Affairs

By Paul GobleShort on the supply of carrots it used to keep the Russian Federation’s regional leaders in line in the past, Moscow is increasingly relying on the siloviki (security services personnel) and the courts to bring them to heel. Over the last month, this... MORE

Russia Reacts to Armenia’s “European Week”

By Erik DavtyanAlthough, on September 3, 2013, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan declared Eurasian integration to be of primary importance for his country, and even though Armenia officially became a member of the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) on January 2, 2015, officials in Yerevan have,... MORE

‘The Most Ukrainian Russians’ Are in Western Ukraine

By Paul GobleEthnic Russians form 15 percent of the population of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, but they are quite different from their counterparts in eastern Ukraine. Almost unanimously, they speak both Ukrainian and Russian, and believe that anyone living in Ukraine should speak... MORE

Russian Expert Recasts North Caucasians as Patriots of Russkiy Mir

By Valery DzutsevThe newly re-established Agency for Nationalities Affairs (see EDM, April 6) should combat Russian isolationism, according to a leading expert on the Caucasus of the Russian Institute for Strategic Research (RISI), Yana Amelina. RISI had previously claimed responsibility for spearheading Russian policies in... MORE

Sino-Armenian Relations Upgraded to Higher Level

By Erik DavtyanAfter a “European week” of active negotiations and mutual visits between the Armenian authorities and high officials from the European Union (see EDM, March 25), Yerevan shifted its focus to East Asia. On March 24–28, Serzh Sargsyan, the president of Armenia, paid a... MORE