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ALKHANOV DANCES AROUND THE ISSUE OF NEGOTIATIONS

Chechen President Alu Alkhanov on November 26 delivered a report to a conference on "problems of the state's national policy in the Chechen Republic." He characterized the situation in Chechnya as "complicated but stable," Novye izvestia reported on November 29. In one part of his... MORE

TORSHIN SENDS MIXES MESSAGES ABOUT A FOREIGN HAND IN BESLAN

Mixed messages have been coming from some of those charged with investigating the Beslan school seizure concerning possible foreign involvement in the tragedy. Federation Council Vice-speaker Aleksandr Torshin, who heads the parliamentary commission investigating the circumstances surrounding the Beslan terrorist act, told Interfax on November... MORE

KREMLIN ANNOUNCES TROOP PULLOUT AS HEAVY FIGHTING CONTINUES

On November 12, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov triumphantly announced that all units of the 76th Airborne Division located in Chechnya will be withdrawn from the Republic by January 2005, the Yufo.ru website reported. However, on November 26, RIA Novosti quoted Nikolai Rogozhkin, commander of... MORE

BRIEFS

--REBEL WEBSITE REAPPEARS IN LITHUANIA Kavkaz Center, the Chechen separatist website, resumed operations in Lithuania on November 29. Interfax quoted a statement from the website's administration as saying that operations resumed as soon as the Second District Court in Vilnius, Lithuania's capital, ruled that all... MORE

CHECHEN REBELS DECLARE SOLIDARITY WITH YUSHCHENKO

The parliament of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria sent a telegram of support to the headquarters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko on November 23. "We support your struggle against dictatorship and Russian domination," Akhyad Idigov, head of the separatist parliament's foreign relations committee, said... MORE

CHECHENS PROTEST ABDUCTION IN ALKHAN-YURT…

Chechens held demonstrations on November 25-26 to protest the abduction of a resident of the village of Alkhan-Yurt in Chechnya's Urus-Martan district by unknown armed persons in the early hours of November 25. The Kavkazky Uzel website, citing the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, reported on November... MORE

ABKHAZ OPPOSITION CANDIDATE INCHES TOWARD PRESIDENTIAL POWER

Sergei Bagapsh, the opposition's presidential candidate in the disputed presidential elections in Georgia's breakaway region, Abkhazia, is inching toward securing the presidency. On November 26, the Abkhazian parliament officially decreed the October 3 presidential elections valid, "despite certain electoral violations" and declared Bagapsh president-elect. The... MORE

ABKHAZIA’S COUNCIL OF ELDERS CONVENES TO ADDRESS CURRENT CRISIS

Abkhazia's political polarization deepened suddenly on November 17, amid continuing attempts by presidential election loser Raul Khajimba and his Moscow backers to prevent the election's winner, Sergei Bagapsh, from taking office. Nodar Khashba, an Abkhaz-born Russian officer recently installed by Moscow as prime minister in... MORE

STANDOFF CONTINUES IN ABKHAZ PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

The month-long confrontation over the disputed presidential elections in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia has claimed its first victim. Tamara Shakryl, 78, was a senior associate at the Institute for the Study of the Humanities, Abkhazian Academy of Sciences, and backed presidential candidate Raul Khajimba.... MORE

GAZPROM OR SHAH-DENIZ: GEORGIA’S CHOICE OF STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Russia's Gazprom is counting on three factors to rush Georgia advice, into a political decision to sell the country's gas transportation system to the Russian monopoly. Those factors are: the approaching winter, the urgent need for capital injections into that system, and fortuitously convergent support... MORE