adygeanatpress: Krasnodar Govervour Got Negative Reaction/Circassian Diaspora

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 4/11/2005 1:20 PM
Statement of Krasnodar Territory’s Govervour got extremely negative reaction of Circassian diaspora


Krasnodar Territory’s governour Alexander Tkachev’s statements considering expediency of Adygeya’s assosiation with Krasnodar Territory was extremely negatively met by Adygeyan diaspora of Turkey. Thus the Student Assosiation “Caucasian Forum” (Istambul) is currently busy with signs’ gathering for support of Adygeya President K. Sovmen’s, “Circassian Congress” and “Adyghe Khase”public organizations’ declarationss stated in reply to the governour’s words. The last organization’s preparing other actions of solidarity (non-confrontable to the lawsystem) with the historical Matherland.

Additionally as it was informed to IA “AdygeyaNatPress” correspondent the law department of of “Caucasis” Khase Federation (central office in Ankara) had taken for consideration the ways of suppression of encroachments of Krasnodar Territory governour through international laws. According to the data of PO “Circassian Congress” corresponding protest, connected with the governour’s statements, was also expressed by the Fund “Caucasis”, the Khase Federation “Caucasian Unity” (Ankara), the Khase “Culture of the Northern Caucasis” (Gazi-Pasha district of Istambul) and a number of other organizations.

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Window On Eurasia Shorts For December 7 – Non-Georgian Items

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Window on Eurasia Shorts for December 7 – Non-Georgian Items


Below are a few news items from the last week about developments in the post-Soviet space that have been overshadowed by the Georgian events but that merit attention.

PACE SAYS ECONOMIC CRISIS THREATENS EMERGING DEMOCACIES. The Parliamentary Assembly of the council of Europe has released a report saying that the current economic crisis “threatens the foundations of democracy,” especially in countries making the transition from an authoritarian past. And the statement reminded Council of Europe members that “on them lies the responsibility to defend the social rights of their citizens” (; for a Russian comment on this, see

STRIKERS AND PROTESTERS INCREASINGLY ORGANIZE THEMSELVES. Russian economists are predicting a growing wave of strikes and other forms of public protest in the coming months (, with many of them noting that the participants in such actions are increasingly organizing themselves to make their protests more effective ( and That has led some to suggest there could be a revolt against the regime (, but polls show that while ordinary Russians do not like elites in that country, they dislike the idea of revolution even more (

RUSSIA’S MUSLIMS FEEL THREATENED BY DRUZHINNIKI. While Muslim leaders have reacted with cautious support to the idea of Orthodox popular militias, ordinary Muslims in the Russian Federation have reacted with horror to this idea, pointing to calls by those associated with such structures to “kill Caucasians” ( and

NARCOTICS USE IN RUSSIA UP 1000 PERCENT SINCE 1991. Russian health officials say that per capita consumption of heroin and other drugs has increased by a factor of ten since the end of communism. As a result, Russians are now turning to drugs eight times more often than people in the European Union ( Meanwhile, a poll calls attention to another demographic problem in Russia: Moscow’s pro-natalist policies are unlikely to work because few Russians in the prime child-bear age groups want to have children (

PAVLOVSKAYA’S MURDERER PAID TWO MILLION US DOLLARS. At the trial of those who have been charged with killing Anna Politkovskaya, one of the witnesses said that the hitmen had been paid two million US dollars by someone as yet unnamed to kill the crusading journalist. The trial itself, which officials first sought to hold behind closed doors and then opened them when jurors denied asking that the hearings be closed, have been shut to the public once again (

UNITED RUSSIA SEEKS TIGHTER REGISTRATION RULES FOR RELIGIOUS GROUPS. If a measure United Russian deputies are proposing is enacted, religious groups in the Russian Federation seeking to register with the state will have to specify in their applications the nature of their beliefs and practices, their attitudes toward family and marriage, toward education, and on a list of other substantive questions. If they change their positions on any of these, the new legislation specifies, the organizations would have to re-register, an invitation for more official actions against groups Moscow doesn’t like (

MOSCOW WON’T MAKE UP MORE THAN HALF OF REGIONAL GOVERNMENT TAX SHORTFALLS. Regional governments in Russia which are already suffering as a result of unfounded liabilities and falling tax revenues will see less than half of their shortfalls made up by the central government, a pattern that almost certainly will spread the economic crisis to every corner of the Russian Federation (

STATE MUSCLES IN ON HR MEETING: RUSSIAN NGOS WON’T TAKE PART. The upper house of the Russian parliament insisted on being the co-sponsor of a human rights meeting with the Council of Europe. As a result, most of Russia’s leading human rights activists are refusing to take part in its sessions, fearful that to do so would lend legitimacy to what the Russian government is doing ( and

RUSSIAN CONSTITUTION NEEDS REPLACEMENT, NOT DEFENSE. When Dmitry Medvedev ran roughshod over the 1993 Russian Constitution to extend presidential and parliamentary terms, many activists called for the defense of that document. But others are saying that the latest Russian constitution needs not defense but replacement given its centralist and authoritarian features and equally important the fact that the authorities falsified the electoral results to declare that it had been ratified (

TATAR NATIONALISTS TO SEEK INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. Tatar nationalists outside of the Republic of Tatarstan government plan to issue an appeal later this month to the international community asking that it recognize Tatarstan now that Moscow has recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia. These plans have been discussed in the Tatar, Ukrainian and Azerbaijani media but not in Russian outlets, one more indication of the constraints the Russia media are operating under ( and

KRYASHENY OFFER THEMSELVES AS MISSIONARIES TO RUSSIA’S MUSLIMS. Whenever Moscow is having trouble with Tatarstan, its official leaders or Tatar nationalists, the Moscow media take up the cause of the Kryasheny, the Russian Orthodox Tatars whom Russians see as a distinct nationality and Tatars as a religious subgroup of their nation. That is happening again now, with articles suggesting, among other things, that the Kryasheny can serve as Orthodox missionaries to the Muslims of Russia (

ZHIRINOVSKY SAYS RUSSIAN SHOULD TAKE TWO-THIRDS OF UKRAINE. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the deputy chairman of the Duma and head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Ukraine, says that Russia should take back two-thirds of the territory of Ukraine, with the latter state reduced to the size it was in the 18th century ( Zhirinovsky specializes in such outrageous, hyperbolic statements, but more and more other Russians are following him on this, suggesting, for example that the Rusins as “the Abkhaz of Ukraine”

ANECDOTE OF THE WEEK: According to a cartoon posted on the site, Dmitry Medvedev sent in a question to Vladimir Putin during the latter’s call-in town hall meeting asking whether it would be all right for the president to have a similar call-in show of his own.

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Caucasian Knot: Solana: EU Observers Shall Be Placed In Abkhazia & South Ossetia

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 9/12/2008 4:04 AM

Solana: EU observers shall be placed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The European Union believes that in spite of the statements of the head of Russian MFA Sergey Lavrov EU observers shall be deployed in the territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

This is the topic of the statement made by Javier Solana, EU Supreme Commissioner for Foreign Policy and Security.

The European Commissioner remarks that the EU mission in Georgia “should be deployed outgoing from the considerations that it should be deployed everywhere,” the RIA “Novosti” reports.

Meanwhile, Sergey Lavrov has confirmed today in the press conference in Moscow that only Russian peacekeepers will stay in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

According to his version, as quoted by the RBK, the mandate of the UN and EU observers in Abkhazia and South Ossetia henceforth shall be coordinated with the leaders of these republics. Also, the mandate should be adapted to the new conditions.

As to representatives of other international organizations, for example, the European Union, “they will be deployed around South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and not in their territories,” said the head of the Russian foreign office.

See earlier reports: “Lavrov: EU guarantees non-use of force by Georgia,” “Sarkozy: Russian troops will leave Georgia in a month.”

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RIA Novosti: Russia Withdraws Tanks From Its Kaliningrad Exclave – Top Brass

RIA Novosti

Russia withdraws tanks from its Kaliningrad exclave – top brass

10/12/2008 18:06

MOSCOW, December 10 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is in the process of withdrawing almost all its tanks from the Kaliningrad exclave, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania, the chief of the General Staff said on Wednesday.

The withdrawal of almost 900 tanks began in January this year, General of the Army Nikolai Makarov told a meeting of foreign military attaches in Moscow.

 “We had 880 tanks in the Kaliningrad Region, and we are pulling virtually all of them out,” he said.

Makarov said, however, that the withdrawal could take several years as the tanks are to be transported by sea after Lithuania denied Russia permission to allow the hardware to be moved by rail through the Baltic country.

The general said this unilateral move clearly demonstrates that Russia has no plans to attack other countries and is not pursuing an expansionist policy.

“However, we have always opposed NATO’s eastward expansion because it poses serious threats to Russia,” Makarov said.

The army chief reiterated that Russia would take adequate measures to protect its national interests, if Washington does not abandon its controversial plans to place elements of the U.S. global missile shield in Europe.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev earlier threatened to deploy Iskander-M short-range missiles in the Kaliningrad exclave, if the U.S. missile shield was deployed in Central Europe.

However, Medvedev subsequently said in an interview with France’s Figaro newspaper that Russia could “reconsider this response if the new U.S. administration is ready to once again review and analyze all the consequences of its decisions to deploy the missiles and radar facilities.”

Makarov also expressed hope on Wednesday that Russia and NATO would eventually reach an agreement on the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, which the alliance considers as a cornerstone of Euro-Atlantic Security.

Russia imposed a unilateral moratorium on the treaty in December 2007 amid concerns over U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in Central Europe, as well as NATO’s ongoing expansion.

Moscow considers the original CFE treaty, signed in December 1990 by 16 NATO countries and six Warsaw Pact members, to be discriminatory and outdated since it does not reflect the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc, the breakup of the Soviet Union, or recent NATO expansion.

Russia has repeatedly said it will resume its participation in the CFE if NATO countries ratify the adapted version of the treaty, signed on November 19, 1999 and so far ratified only by Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.


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Window on Eurasia: Moscow’s New Man in North Caucasus Highlights Russian Worries about Sochi Olympics

Friday, June 13, 2008
Window on Eurasia: Moscow’s New Man in North Caucasus Highlights Russian Worries about Sochi Olympics
Paul Goble

Vienna, June 13 – The new presidential plenipotentiary for the Southern Federal District earlier served as a prosecutor in Sochi and justice minister in Moscow, a background that explains the Kremlin’s decision to put appoint him: its nervousness about preparations for the Sochi Olympics and its desire to have a senior official in the area adjoining Abkhazia.
According to the current “Argumenty nedeli” “no one” can doubt that “V[ladimir] Ustinov was appointed” to deal with the Olympic Games and to make sure that Russia is in a position to host them in a way that will bring credit to Moscow just as Dmitry Kozak was named earlier to quiet the Chechen conflict (
Because of his earlier service as a prosecutor in Sochi who knows where the bodies there are buried as it were and his work as both prosecutor general and justice minister at the center who oversaw some of the most sensitive political cases of the last decade, Ustinov is ideal from Moscow’s point of view especially in the wake of turmoil in the state corporation involved.
But “Argumenty nedeli” suggests that Ustinov may find it more difficult to build a relationship with Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov, although it is worth noting that the new presidential plenipotentiary for the region has had more than a little experience in dealing with the Chechens and other North Caucasians over the last 15 years.
Born into a law enforcement family in Khabarovsk kray in 1953, Ustinov graduated from the Kharkov Law Institute in 1978. He served his apprenticeship as a prosecutor in Krasnodar kray before becoming prosecutor in Sochi in 1992 and then was promoted to be first deputy prosecutor in Krasnodar kray itself.
In 1997, he was named deputy general prosecutor of the country as a whole, and then in 1998-1999, he headed the prosecutorial department responsible for the execution of federal laws on security and international relations in the North Caucasus and as coordinator of the law enforcement bodies of the republics and krays in that region.
In July 1999, he was appointed prosecutor general of the Russian Federation, in which capacity he supervised the investigations of the terrorist attacks in Moscow and Volgodonsk, the Kursk submarine disaster, the Yukos case, and Salman Raduyev, and he secured the release of former Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov from Swiss custody.
He published several books and numerous articles in the Russian media and in 2003 defended his doctor dissertation at Moscow’s Diplomatic Academy on the struggle against terrorism, a study that was subsequently published in both Russian and English (ISBN 5-224-04468-5 under the title “Indictment of Terror.”
In June 2006, President Vladimir Putin named Ustinov the Russian Federation’s justice minister, a position he retained until his appointment to his current post last month.
This background suggests that Putin and Medvedev view Ustinov as a specially trusted and skilled operator, something that is likely to serve him in good stead not only in making sure that preparations for the Olympics in 2014 proceed as Moscow intends but also in dealing with a variety of regional issues, including relations with Abkhazia.
All that makes Ustinov a man to watch, probably the most important presidential plenipotentiary at the present time and certainly the one who faces the most difficult challenges and who enjoys the kind of support at the center which make it likely that he will be a player on all issues in his own federal district and in neighboring ones and countries as well.
Posted by Paul Goble at 6:22 AM

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Agency Caucasus: Yevkurov Appoints Pliyev As His Counsellor

Yevkurov appoints Pliyev as his counsellor

Nazran/Agency Caucasus – Yunus-bek Yevkurov, the current president of the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia, endeavours to get members of the opposition involved in his administration. 

Musa Pliyev, who has started to legally represent the family of Magomed Yevloyev in court after Yevloyev was killed in police custody, became a presidential counsellor on December 7. Yevloyev was himself a lawyer and a figure of the opposition. He was taken in police custody only days after he argued with former President Murat Zyazikov.  

Pliyev is assigned the task of maintaining coordination between security forces and members of the judiciary. He will notify the president fully about the course of action taken by the security forces. He will aslso have the power to have the prosecutors monitor the security forces when they take a particular course of action.  

According Pliyev himself, Yevkurov appointed him as his counsellor because of his experience. “I was one of the members of the opposition until recently,” said Pliyev. “But I was still actively dealing with cases that worst hit the republic–like murders, kidnappings and so on and so forth.” 

Yevkurov was appointed by Dmitri Medvedev as the third President of Ingushetiya after the federal forces and the police had carried out operations that knew no limits during the presidency of his predecessor.    





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Agency Caucasus: Russia: Georgia Was Not Given A Guarantee

rom: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 4/3/2008 7:59 PM
Russia: Georgia was not given a guarantee     
Moscow – Russia’s Foreign Ministry belied words of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili who said that he was given the guarantee by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia would never recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement that said Tbilisi, administrative capital of Georgia, was not given the guarantee that neither Abkhazia nor South Ossetia would be recognized. Putin did not give Saakashvili in his February 21 meeting in Moscow a guarantee of any kind, it said in the statement: “Efforts to dictate Russia to take a particular position and adopt certain political games are creating a terrible image of us all.” Sergei Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia, addressed the member of Duma, lower chamber of the Russian parliament, and said that Russia would like to improve its relations with Georgia. “We would like to see the consequences of our efforts to improve the relations; however, we cannot sometimes see them.”  

“Putin gave me his net word that Moscow would never recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” Saakashvili told Kommersant on Tuesday. (Agency Caucasus)


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