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IN SEARCH OF TRILATERAL POWER, PUTIN GOES EAST

Having all but lost his Ukraine gambit, Russian President Vladimir Putin headed to India and Turkey on state visits in early December. The Kremlin leader's talks with Indian and Turkish rulers appear to be an attempt to give an "asymmetrical answer" to the global hegemony... MORE

RUSSIA AND INDIA EXPLORE COOPERATION IN CENTRAL ASIA

Russia and India have reached a tentative agreement on military cooperation in Central Asia, aimed at resolving any potential conflict of interests between the two powers in the strategically important region. Russian President Vladimir Putin reached no definitive accord during his December 3-4 visit to... MORE

IN SEARCH OF TRILATERAL POWER, PUTIN GOES EAST

Having all but lost his Ukraine gambit, Russian President Vladimir Putin headed to India and Turkey on state visits in early December. The Kremlin leader's talks with Indian and Turkish rulers appear to be an attempt to give an "asymmetrical answer" to the global hegemony... MORE

CHANGE OF GUARD PROCEEDING APACE ON THE TAJIK-AFGHAN BORDER

After 112 years, Russia's military presence in the Pamir Mountains ended on December 5. Russia's flag was lowered, and that of Tajikistan raised, on the Kala-i-Khum fort on the Tajik-Afghan border, where Russian troops are handing responsibility over to Tajik border guards. Similar ceremonies were... MORE

MOSCOW ENFORCES BLOCKADE OF ABKHAZIA, INVALIDATES BAGAPSH’S ELECTION

Under Russian pressure, Abkhaz presidential election winner Sergei Bagapsh agreed on December 5 to postpone his inauguration, which had been scheduled for December 6, and to discuss a power-sharing deal with the loser, Kremlin-supported ex-KGB officer Raul Khajimba. Russia's First Deputy Prosecutor General, Vladimir Kolesnikov,... MORE

PUTIN TO CANCEL JAPAN TRIP?

The brief excitement created by President Vladimir Putin's mid-November announcement that the Russian government would be prepared to honor the 1956 Soviet-Japanese declaration (pledging to return two disputed islands to Japan) has evaporated as quickly as it appeared. The brief meeting between Putin and Japanese... MORE

RUSSIA BLOCKADING ABKHAZIA TO OVERTURN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

On December 1, Russia's government introduced a set of blockade measures against Abkhazia for the declared purpose of preventing the inauguration of president-elect Sergei Bagapsh, victor over the Moscow-backed candidate Raul Khajimba in Abkhazia's October 3 presidential election. Gennady Bukayev, an aide to Russian Prime... MORE

NEEDING A SCAPEGOAT FOR FIASCO IN UKRAINE, MOSCOW SLAMS OSCE

Russian President Vladimir Putin engages in political and diplomatic battles over Ukraine as if it is his personal Stalingrad. Many liberal or just moderately independent commentators in Moscow argue that there was no need for him to take such a one-sided position and that the... MORE

RUSSIAN INTERIOR TROOPS PRIORITIZE CHECHNYA

Russia's Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev has appealed for the fight against terrorism in Russia to transcend military and security structures and include psychological, ideological, and economic means. Speaking in Moscow on November 26, Nurgaliev explained that the struggle against terrorism within the Russian Federation must... MORE