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Moscow Losing Siberia to China, Commentator Says

By Paul GobleThe willingness of Russian officials to rent land in the Transbaikal region to China (see EDM, June 24) gives Beijing control over a choke point that it could use to block Moscow’s access to the Russian Far East. And as Russian commentator Oleg Lusenko... MORE

Moscow Massively Funding Pro-Russian NGOs in Baltic Countries

By Paul GobleThe Kremlin’s sweeping crackdown on non-governmental organizations (NGO) in the Russian Federation reflects its belief that such entities inevitably work for foreign governments if they receive foreign funding. And that belief is underscored by its own behavior: At the present time, the Russian... MORE

Armenia’s Perspectives on the Iranian Nuclear Deal

By Erik DavtyanOn July 14, after a long period of tense and complicated negotiations, the “P5+1” group—the United States, Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom and Germany—reached a historical deal with Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The nuclear deal will have both global... MORE

Russia’s Border Marking in Georgia Is Part of Broader Strategy

By George TsereteliOver the past two weeks the issue of Georgia’s so-called “border” with the Russian-occupied breakaway region of South Ossetia has again garnered attention. As reported by multiple sources and eyewitnesses, on July 10, Russian troops placed border markers even further into Georgian territory,... MORE

Russia Bets on China: Picking the Wrong Horse in the Short Term and Long

By Paul GobleRussians are waking up to the fact that Vladimir Putin’s much-ballyhooed “turn” to China is not bringing Russia the benefits he promised or that they expected. Not only has Beijing refused to tow Moscow’s line on a variety of international issues at the... MORE

Estonians of Kabardino-Balkaria Maintain Close Ties With Tallinn

By Paul GobleGiven Vladimir Putin’s aggressive rhetoric about the Baltic countries, Moscow and Tallinn do not maintain warm relations. Despite that, Estonia has close and growing ties with the 70 Estonians of Kabardino-Balkaria, a community that descends from ethnic Estonians who came to the North... MORE

Will Threat of Islamic State Push Georgia Closer to Russia?

By Paul GobleAs it has done in Central Asia, Moscow is urging Georgia and other countries in the South Caucasus to return to closer cooperation with Russia in order to counter the threat from the Islamic State (IS). And some defense officials in Tbilisi seem... MORE

Lezgin Areas in Southern Dagestan Seem on a Path Toward Radicalization

By Valery DzutsevUntil recently, the Lezgin-populated areas of Dagestan—the most violent republic of the North Caucasus—were relatively quiet. However, the situation has recently reached greater volatility. For the past month, a special operation has been ongoing in previously calm Kurakhsky and Suleiman-Stalsky districts of southern... MORE