Russia’s Counterinsurgency in North Caucasus: Performance and Consequences

Authored by Dr. Ariel Cohen.

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The North Caucasus region has been a source of instability for the past several centuries. Most recently, Chechen aspirations to achieve full independence after the break-up of the Soviet Union led to two disastrous wars. While the active phase of the Chechen conflict ended in 2000 – more than a decade ago—the underlying social, economic, and political issues of the region remain. A low-level insurgency continues to persist in the North Caucasus region, with occasional terrorist attacks in the Russian heartland. There are few reasons to expect any substantial improvement in the situation for years to come. Chechnya functions as a de facto independent entity; Islamist influence in Dagestan is growing, terror attacks continue, and the rest of the North Caucasus requires massive presence of Russian security services to keep the situation under control. Continue reading

Russia dismisses rumors over ‘Merchant of Death’ swap deal with U.S.

Topic: Viktor Bout case

 

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Viktor Bout

© AFP/ Nicolas Asfouri 21:20 09/03/2011

Russia is not considering a swap deal with the United States over alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout and those convicted of spying for the United States, a source in the Russian security services said on Wednesday. Continue reading