Latest Articles about The Caucasus

STILL NO WINNER IN ABKHAZ PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

"Dangerous uncertainty" describes the current situation in Abkhazia, while the breakaway region awaits the announcement of a winner in its controversial October 3 presidential election. The pro-government and Moscow-backed candidate, Raul Khajimba, and the main opposition candidate, Sergei Bagapsh, have both claimed victory. Both have... MORE

GEORGIAN MEDIA MOGUL FORCED OUT OF BUSINESS

Predictions that Georgia might replicate the Russian practice of taming disobedient media owners appear to have come true. The voluntary renunciation by Georgian media mogul Erosi Kitsmarishvili of his lucrative media business has rekindled the thorny question about how Saakashvili's government treats the private media... MORE

GEORGIA CHALLENGES THE KREMLIN’S WORLDVIEW

The October 3 presidential election in Abkhazia has produced a far greater reaction in the Russian media than the scale of Russia's involvement in this Georgian separatist region or indeed the importance of the choices in these elections should merit (Kommersant, October 7, 8; Nezavisimaya... MORE

WHO ATTACKED BESLAN? PROFILING THE TERRORIST GROUP

The investigation into the September 1 terrorist attack on the North Ossetian town of Beslan continues. Apart from law-enforcement agencies and prosecutors, the Russian Federation Council and State Duma have also established an independent commission to tackle the problem. Commission members visited North Ossetia in... MORE

ABKHAZ PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ALREADY SPARKING PROTESTS

On October 4, Abkhazia's Central Election Commission (CEC) declared Raul Khajimba winner of the October 3 presidential election. Outgoing Abkhaz leader Vladislav Ardzinba had backed Khajimba's candidacy. According to the CEC, Khajimba received 101,500 votes (52.84%), runner-up Sergei Bagapsh took 64,500 (33.58%), Sergei Shamba 19,050... MORE

RUSSIAN FILM ON SAAKASHVILI TESTS GEORGIAN DEMOCRACY

The Georgian political establishment has reacted angrily to a one-hour documentary entitled, "Who is Misha?" about Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. The film was broadcast on Russian television on September 29 by NTV's popular program "Soversheno Sekretno." The film was heavy on the details of Saakashvili's... MORE

ARE THERE CHECHEN TERRORISTS IN NORTHERN CYPRUS?

As the great powers demonstrate their resolve to crush terrorism and declare their readiness to strike preventively at terrorist bases "anywhere in the world," some lesser international actors appear ready to take advantage of this strategy. Recently a senior cabinet member from Greek Cyprus accused... MORE

AUSHEV AND OTHERS WARN OF POSSIBLE OSSETIAN-INGUSH CONFLICT

Leading politicians and other observers have issued fresh warnings that tensions between Ossetians and Ingush, exacerbated by the September 1 school siege in Beslan, could soon explode into violence. Ingushetia's former president, Ruslan Aushev, whose early mediation efforts with the Beslan hostage-takers, who reportedly included... MORE