Category Northern Caucasus

It’s Not Just LGBT That The Sochi Games Are Hurting – Here’s Seven Other Reasons Putin’s Games are Shameful

  The Sochi Games have already brought a lot of attention to shameless corruption and gross violations of human rights in Russia, all the while revealing the deterioration of state institutions. Thus, as a political prestige-boosting enterprise, the 2014 Winter Olympics are already a failure.                                     – Pavel K. Baev, for the Jamestown […]

Chechnya and Dagestan are Not the Same Thing: A Brief Look at Conflict in the Caucasus

The Boston Bomber suspects may be Chechen and lived at one time in Dagestan. These are not the same places. We don’t know anything else about the suspects, and they have/had lived in America for a very long time as well. But since Chechnya and Dagestan are all over the news now, here’s the very […]

Anti-Terrorism Operations in the Northern Caucasus: Updated and more detailed

While everyone in the States was busy thinking about/ignoring the debates, a Russian Anti-Terrorism force launched an operation that resulted in 49 militants killed and 219 people taken into custody. As CES has previously reported, the Northern Caucasus are seething. Militants have attacked police stations, checkpoints, hospitals, and energy infrastructure. Suicide bombs are frequently detonated, […]

Russian operations in the Northern Caucasus: Quick Look

While everyone in the States was busy thinking about/ignoring the debates, a Russian counterterrorism force launched an operation that resulted in 49 militants killed and 219 people taken into custody. Russia Conducts Large Security Operation In North Caucasus – This looks like it was a huge operation, with RFE/RL quoting the Russian National Counterterrorism Committee as […]

CES News Round Up

Apologies, readers, for the lack of coverage the past week – times have been hectic as the fall starts. A longer analytical article on water wars is forthcoming but for now, here’s what we’ve really enjoyed reading the past week. “The First Political Trial in Kazakhstan” by Casey Michel at Registan: Article is a great explanation of […]

Northern Caucasus are roiling as Dagestan’s violence spills into Georgia and Tatarstan

The past month has brought a surge in reporting on conflicts, skirmishes and violence in the Caucasus region of southern Russia. These are not only insurgencies against Russia, but also a hostage situation in Georgia. As always, reports are inconclusive and questions always remain about motivation and who exactly is fighting whom. Much of the […]