Security Council secretary Rybkin discussed the situation in the Northern Caucasus this week with Chechen president Aslan Maskhadov and with the presidents of North Ossetia and Ingushetia, Akhsarbek Galazov and Ruslan Aushev. (Itar-Tass, January 7-8) It is unclear why Rybkin ignored the leader of Dagestan. Dagestan borders on Chechnya and, following last month’s raid on Buinaksk, the situation in the republic is extremely tense. (See Monitor, January 6) This oversight on the part of the Security Council secretary may have been what prompted his former deputy, Boris Berezovsky, to complain that Russia has no North Caucasus policy.
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