‘Regional Separatism Now Most Horrifying Threat for Moscow,’ Matveyev Says

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

‘Regional Separatism Now Most Horrifying Threat for Moscow,’ Matveyev Says

Paul Goble

Staunton, July 1 – Over the last six months, Pavel Matveyev says, not only has the worst not happened but there are signs of real improvement in the mentality of Russians, many of whom are shifting from being merely residents of Russia who accept whatever is done to them to being citizens who demand a say in what the authorities do.

This process is still in its infancy, the Moscow commentator says; and the powers that be will certainly try to strangle it in its cradle. But no one can deny it is occurring and increasingly becoming something the authorities cannot fail to take note of. It may even explain why some of the worst things haven’t happened (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D190E2400E12). Read more

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Decade of Relative Stability in North Caucasus Coming to an End, Neroznikova Says

Friday, July 5, 2019

Decade of Relative Stability in North Caucasus Coming to an End, Neroznikova Says

Paul Goble

Staunton, July 3 – The decade of relative stability in the North Caucasus, a period during which the authorities were not able to resolve “the basic problem of the region,” the clash between Islamic fundamentalism and a corrupt and lawless civil power, is rapidly coming to an end, according to Yekaterina Neroznikova, a journalist who has long worked in the region.

She tells Sovershenno Sekretno commentator Anton Krivenyuk that there are likely to be leadership changes in Daghestan and Chechnya as well as more corruption scandals and that these things will only exacerbate the underlying problems of a region that remains divided into “ethnic quarters” (sovsekretno.ru/articles/kto-mozhet-rabotat-toporom-/). Read more

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Flags Increasingly Important Symbols of Protest against Moscow and for What It Stands, Luzin Says

Friday, July 5, 2019

Flags Increasingly Important Symbols of Protest against Moscow and for What It Stands, Luzin Says

Paul Goble

Staunton, July 3 – Politics begins, as Carl Schmitt reminds, when someone identifies those against which one is fighting, Pavel Luzin says; and in that process of definition, visual symbols, like the flags and banners protesters use, are critically important as a natural development of opposition to the Kremlin.

As one flag displaces another or a new flag enters the scene, the regionalist writer argues, this process will be “a tectonic shift” in the country and “a symbolic act of separation by citizens from the Russian powers that be and from Moscow as such which up to now has imposed its symbols on people” (region.expert/flags/). Read more

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Loss of Language May Not Mean Loss of Ethnic Identity, Vakhtin Says

Friday, July 5, 2019

Loss of Language May Not Mean Loss of Ethnic Identity, Vakhtin Says

Paul Goble

Staunton, July 3 – If a nation loses its traditional language and adopts another, that may or may not lead to a loss of ethnic identity, Nikolay Vakhtin, a specialist on the peoples of the Russian North who heads the Center for Social Research at St. Petersburg’s European University (nazaccent.ru/content/30255-ne-povod-zaciklivatsya.html).

Language is an important ethnic marker, but it is far from the only one, he says; and the loss of a traditional language may not be the end of the nation. Instead, it may give the nation additional bases for defending their identity because their interactions with other peoples will intensify, a situation that often gives rise to more intensely held national feelings. Read more

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تقول ”نيزيغار“ أن المتطرفين الإسلاميين قد اخترقوا حتّى وزارة الداخلية في جمهورية قباردينو-بلكاريا

الثلاثاء 2 يوليو/تموز 2019

تقولنيزيغارأن المتطرفين الإسلاميين قد اخترقوا حتّى  وزارة الداخلية في جمهورية قباردينو-بلكاريا

بول غوبل (Paul Goble)

ترجمة: عادل بشقوي

3 يوليو/تموز 2019

            ستاونتون، 30 يوليو/تموزما يقوله المحلل الإسرائيلي أفراهام شوموليفيتش (Avraham Shmulyevich) هو أن جزء من جهود موسكو تركز على إعداد الشعب الروسي لحرب جديدة في شمال القوقاز (facebook.com/groups/418134964913502/permalink/2379889652071347)، حيث تقول قناة تلجرام نيزيغار ”Nezygar“ أن الإسلاميين المتطرفين قد اخترقوا حتى وزارة الداخلية في جمهورية قباردينو-بلكاريا.

            تعمل موسكو بجهد إضافي لإثارة الشراكسة في تلك المنطقة للإنخراط في أعمال عنف بحيث يكون لديها نوع من التبرير الذي يسمح لها بالتحرك ضدهم دون الخشية كثيرا من الانتقاد من الغرب أو من جماعات المعارضة الروسية. (بهذا الخصوص، راجع

windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/06/moscows-efforts-to-provoke-circassians.html). Read more

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‘Nezygar’ Says Islamist Radicals have Penetrated Even Interior Ministry in KBR

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

‘Nezygar’ Says Islamist Radicals have Penetrated Even Interior Ministry in KBR

Paul Goble

            Staunton, June 30 – In what Israeli analyst Avraham Shmulyevich says is part of Moscow’s effort to prepare the Russian population for a new war in the North Caucasus (facebook.com/groups/418134964913502/permalink/2379889652071347/), the Nezygar telegram channel says Islamist radicals have penetrated even KBR interior ministry.

            Moscow has been working overtime to provoke Circassians in that region into violence so that it will have the kind of justification that will allow it to move against them without much fear of criticism from the West or from Russian opposition groups. (On this, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/06/moscows-efforts-to-provoke-circassians.html). Read more

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Мартин Кочесоков обратился в Следственный комитет с заявлением о преступлении / Martin Kochesokov appealed to the Investigative Committee with a statement about the crime

Мартин Кочесоков обратился в Следственный комитет с заявлением о преступлении

Martin Kochesokov appealed to the Investigative Committee with a statement about the crime

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