Chechenpress: There Are “Cleanings” In Five Regions Of Dagestan

From: Eagle_wng

There are “cleanings” in five regions of Dagestan

In the territory of some regions of Dagestan Russian chastisers carry out the so-called “cleanings”, “Interfax” informs.

The retaliatory action is carried out by forces of the gangs, arrived to Dagestan from other regions of the south of Russia . “Cleanings” are carried out in the north of Dagestan – in the Hasavyurt, Kizlyar, Botlih, Buinaksk, Tsumadin regions of the republic.

There are already the kidnapped among peace people.

Retaliatory actions are expected in several regions of the republic.

Chechenpress, 14.06.05.
http://chechenpress.co.uk/english/news/2005/06/15/06.shtml

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Reuters: Russia calls Georgia a risk to regional security

From: MSN Nicknamepsychoteddybear24  (Original Message)    Sent: 7/9/2008 9:45 AM
Russia calls Georgia a risk to regional security
Wed Jul 9, 2008 3:07am EDT

MOSCOW, July 9 (Reuters) – Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called Georgia a threat to stability in the South Caucasus, just hours before U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was due to visit Tbilisi.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement listed occasions when it said Georgian forces had stirred trouble with the two breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

“The actions of Tbilisi present a real threat to peace and security in the South Caucasus and put the region on the edge of a new armed conflict with unpredictable consequences,” the ministry said.

The United States and Russia are competing for influence in the South Caucasus which hosts a major pipeline pumping oil from Asia to Europe and borders both Turkey and Iran.

Former Soviet Georgia is a staunch supporter of the United States and has sent soldiers to aid the U.S.-led war in Iraq and aims to join NATO, a move which angers Russia.

Russia supports the rebel regions and its soldiers patrol the de facto borders under ceasefire agreements after South Ossetia and Abkhazia broke away from Georgia in wars in the post-Soviet 1990s.

This year scuffles and standoffs between Georgian forces and Russian and rebel forces have escalated, worrying the West.

“All this proves the Georgian leadership has intentionally increased tensions in relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” the statement said after noting what it said were Georgian forces’ aggression.

Last week a bomb killed four people in a cafe in Abkhazia and on Tuesday South Ossetian officials released four Georgian policemen after Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili threatened to launch a special operation to release them.

Russia on Tuesday tabled a draft resolution at the United Nations which called on Georgia to defuse tensions in the breakaway regions. The United States has said that Russian action in the region has stirred tension. (Writing by James Kilner; Editing by Dominic Evans)

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Caucasus Times: Explosive Blasted, No One Injured In Makhachkala

From: Eagle_Wng

Explosive blasted, no one injured in Makhachkala
DAGESTAN, March 29, Caucasus Times – A bomb was set off yesterday night in Makhachkala on the crossroads of Gadjiyev and Akushinsky streets at the moment a police patrol car was passing by, the Interior Ministry reported.

The explosive fastened to a tree had no cover and was not charged with metal fragments, which are commonly used to cause deadly injuries, the police said.
Caucasus Times
http://www.caucasustimes.com/article.asp?id=5834

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Dismissed to ‘reserve’ Yamadayev says that 20 Chechen girls left for the mountains

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 8/23/2008 11:19 PM
Dismissed to ‘reserve’ Yamadayev says that 20 Chechen girls left for the mountains
Publication time: 23 August 2008, 13:43
In his interview to Utro.ru website, a ringleader of “Vostok” (East) gang who had just been dismissed to “reserve” with preservation of “ranks and awards”, said that a number of young people, who leave for the mountains to the Mujahideen increasing in Chechnya and other parts of the Caucasus Emirate.

He also said that recently 20 Chechen girls left for the mountains to join the Jihad.

“There is information that 20 girls from 15 to 20 years left for the forest in Chechnya….  The exodus continues.  We have the data on who goes into the mountains. There are people from Saudi Arabia in Jamaahs who fighting in Chechnya. We know who feeds them. If previously their strength was diminishing, then this year they got a lot of people. Number of clashes and casualties are increased.

The Jamaahs have intensified in Dagestan and Ingushetia. If we won’t normally work now in the North Caucasus, then a South Ossetia would be repeated elsewhere, or a third campaign in Chechnya will be provided. The fight with our ones and the displacement of unwanted led the Wahhabis to raise their heads. Caucasus is Russia’s vulnerable place. Many want to blow it up in order to weaken Russia”, the ringleader of “Vostok” gang Sulim Yamadaev said.

Kavkaz Center
 
http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2008/08/23/10093.shtml

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WOE: Kremlin’s ‘Agents Of Influence’ Said Tilting Internet Forums Against West

From: Eagle_wng

Monday, July 7, 2008
Window on Eurasia: Kremlin’s ‘Agents of Influence’ Said Tilting Internet Forums against the West
Paul Goble

Vienna, July 7 – The Kremlin has dispatched its own “agents of influence” to political forums on the Internet both to portray itself as having more support than it has and to suggest that its opponents who would like to see a more democratic Russia with closer ties to the West are an ever more marginal group, according to an intriguing online analysis.
In a three-part study, the Independent Consumers Association (ICA) noted a striking difference between those who post on these sites and those who take part in surveys where it is possible to vote only once from a single computer (www.expertiza.ru/expertiza.phtml?id=671, www.expertiza.ru/expertiza.phtml?id=672 and www.expertiza.ru/expertiza.phtml?id=674).
Having noted that the percentage of forum participants with liberal and democratic views formed 70 to 80 percent in 1999 while four years later, their opponents, who backed more anti-democratic positions constituted 60 to 80 percent of those posting messages, the ICA asked what could explain such a change.
And what it found was that “such a sharp quantitative jump did not correspond to the spectrum of public opinion and essentially diverged from the data of Internet voting on key problems of contemporary Russian life” – and moreover diverged along a single anti-democratic and anti-Western axis.
Today, the ICA analysts note, “80 percent of the authors on all web forums very aggressively and with unanimous curse the United States. But in voting on those sites where it is possible to vote only once from a single computer, 84 percent of the Russian-language users of the Internet support the United States.”
This divergence between the content of the forums and voting of this kind is found “everywhere,” the ICA analysts say, an indication that a relatively small number of people are flooding the forums with messages listed under various screen names in order to distort the picture of Russian opinion online.
“In liberal and neutral social-political forums of the Russian segment of the Internet, the activity of an extremely large number of similar personages has grown” to the point that they sometimes come to define the core of that forum, especially since they share so many common features that set them apart as a distinctive group, despite their claims of diversity.
The ICA analysts refer to members of this group as “the agents of influence of the siloviki” or “Commando G” [for “gosudarstvenniki” or etatists] and point to a number of their common characteristics, both in terms of the approaches they adopt and the specific positions they put forward in their posts.
Among these are “round-the-clock presence on the forums” rather than during peak hours as is the case with most users, a close tracking of the positions of the Russian government no matter how often they change, “unlimited devotion” to the Russian leader, and positive characterizations of the Soviet and Russian security services.
The ICA analysts then list some more specific attitudes of Commando G including their specific and consistent attacks on opponents of the regime, the “low cultural level and characteristic language” of its members, and the tendency to denounce anyone who disagrees as “an enemy of Russia.”
Many of these Commando G types frequently change their screen names or use more than one, the ICA study concludes, all the better to suggest that there are more people who agree with them than is in fact the case and what is probably even more important that there are far fewer who disagree with the Kremlin line.
The ICA study also provides additional evidence of specific links between Commando G and the Russian security agencies and acknowledges that the Russian government, given its desire to control all the media, has no choice but to adopt such innovative measures in order to try to bring the Internet forums to heel.
Obviously, ICA is not able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt in the sense that many of the attitudes and patterns of behavior it points to could in fact be true of the rapidly growing Runet itself. But its conclusions are not only intriguing but suggestive of some of the innovative ways researchers may be able to track government involvement online.
However that may be, the ICA study concludes on what is an optimistic note for all those who care about media freedom, the basis of democracy and an open society. What the Kremlin and its security agency allies have been doing, the ICA analysts say, is generating some countervailing forces the Russian leadership did not expect.
“People on Internet forums attempt to defend and support one another” whenever they are confronted by a coordinated action of groups like Commando G. That act of cooperation is highly empowering, as is the fact that however much power this pro-Kremlin group may have there are ways to post a response, including reports like the one ICA has prepared.
Posted by Paul Goble at 6:40 PM
 
http://windowoneurasia.blogspot.com/2008/07/window-on-eurasia-kremlins-agents-of.html

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June 25th 2008 · Prague Watchdog / Dzhambulat Are

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 6/25/2008 2:34 AM
June 25th 2008 · Prague Watchdog / Dzhambulat Are     
    
    
Fail grades in Russian and warfare
Fail grades in Russian and warfare

By Dzhambulat Are

GROZNY, Chechnya – The audacious attacks carried out by guerrillas in Chechnya during recent days have revealed the vulnerability of the military strategy the Kremlin has constructed in the rebel republic. The Chechenization of the conflict, in which Vladimir Putin placed such hopes, has begun to break down.

Until now, everything has gone in accordance with the planning of the federal centre. The energetic approach of President Ramzan Kadyrov, who seeks to finish off his former allies in the struggle for Ichkerian independence, has produced a quite tangible result. For a long time, those who were following the situation could not escape a sense that the underground resistance was agonizing over its own extinction. Guerrilla attacks in Grozny and other population centres in the Chechen flatlands more or less came to a halt. And it seemed that the remnants of the once-feared Ichkerian army had finally been pushed to the verge of complete disappearance.

This gave Ramzan Kadyrov grounds for publicly asserting that his units had achieved total victory, and that in the mountains there remained only a few dozen “shaytans” who were vainly trying to escape unavoidable retribution. These claims by the Chechen president were disputed by the Russian generals, who need a strong and numerous resistance in order to justify the presence of federal forces in the republic. However, Kadyrov kept the situation firmly under control, which suited the Kremlin very well.

But now the situation has changed dramatically. First, brigades under the command of Emir Tarkhan Gaziyev conducted night raids on villages in the Achkhoy-Martanovsky and Urus-Martanovsky districts. Then the guerrillas staged several ambushes of Russian reconnaissance patrols and local police. Finally, on the night of June 13 the armed forces of the Caucasus Emirate led by field commander Usman Matsigov, nicknamed “Shatral”, entered the village of Benoy in the Nozhay-Yurtovsky district. They killed several local residents and set light to police motor vehicles and about half a dozen houses. Some of Kadyrov’s men were also taken prisoner and then released again after being subjected to “re-education”.

But the activity of the guerrillas was now on the increase. On June 16 they attacked a convoy of Russian border guards near the village of Chishki at the entrance to the Argun Gorge, killing three FSB officers and wounding five. And the next day, in the centre of the village of Bamut, in the republic’s south-west, guerrillas opened fire on an APC, which was burned to cinders.

All these developments compelled Ramzan Kadyrov to make some harsh pronouncements on the role of law enforcement agencies that are deployed in Chechnya. He accused them of not showing enough zeal and efficiency in fighting the remaining members of the illegal armed groups in the republic.

“In Chechnya one can hardly move for all the units of the various law enforcement bodies. In these circumstances, people do not understand why there are still any armed groups, guerrillas, bandits, why they have not been completely destroyed or brought to justice,” Kadyrov said in fury when he spoke at a meeting held in Grozny’s House of Government on June 18. His irritation was caused by the fact that he has essentially been left face to face with the guerrillas. “And today in the forests, in spite of the rain, there are hundreds of police officers. They are combing the area. They are engaging the criminals in battle, although that is not their job – there are special units for this purpose. If necessary, I will personally put on camouflage and go and help in the fight. I will find and destroy,” the Chechen president said.

What Ramzan Kadyrov found most offensive of all was the behaviour of the guerrillas who attacked Benoy. That village is thought to be exclusively inhabited by members of the extended Kadyrov family. In the republic there are persistent rumours that the Yamadayev brothers were involved in Emir Shatral’s attack on the place. It is said that the Yamadayevs organized the raid in order to demonstrate Kadyrov’s weakness. The story goes that earlier, when the village was being guarded by men of the Vostok battalion, the guerrillas left it alone, but that when the Yamadayev forces themselves were under siege, the hands of the underground resistance were untied. This may possibly be why Ramzan Kadyrov is once again ready to exchange his Hugo Boss suit for military camouflage.

The Chechen leader also let fly at the media, which raised an incredible hubbub over the recent attacks. In reality, Kadyrov insisted, the situation in the republic was calm and stable. The big public events which are being held in Grozny just now are intended as a demonstration of this version of a “calm Chechnya”. Hardly had the “Noah’s Ark” film festival drawn to a close than the celebrated variety singer Iosif Kobzon, together with the band of the Federal Russian Interior Ministry, descended on the republic. He is making another tour of the Caucasus, to mark his seventieth birthday. Kobzon is one of Chechnya’s oldest Honoured Artistes. He earned the [Soviet] title back in1964, when he sang in Grozny’s Philharmonic Hall. Speaking in Grozny, Kobzon reminisced about his last stay in Ichkeria, which took place in 1997, after the first war. He did not, however, mention how at a large assembly he accepted the gift of a Makarov pistol from the hands of Shamil Basayev.

But fighting and celebrations are not the only features of life in Chechnya today. Last week, as elsewhere in Russia, final year students in Chechen schools took the Unified State Exam. And now the results have been announced. 50 per cent of those Chechen students received a fail grade in the Russian language.

(Translation by DM)

http://www.watchdog.cz/?show=000000-000005-000004-000164&lang=1

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RFE/RL: Russia: Likely Kremlin Heir Visits Serbia Amid Conflict With West

From: Eagle-wng

First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is widely expected to win the March 2 presidential election, has arrived in Belgrade, where he pledged Moscow’s continued backing for Serbia’s opposition to Kosovo’s independence.

Speaking after meeting Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, Medvedev said: “The main purpose of our brief visit, of course, is to express support for Serbia at the time of illegitimate actions and a unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo. Our position is that Serbia is a single state whose jurisdiction covers all of its territory.”

Medvedev added that Kosovo’s February 17 declaration of independence “destroys the international security system, the international legal system, that mankind formed more than 100 years ago.”

Formally, Medvedev is traveling to Belgrade to discuss economic and energy issues. But the February 25 visit, Medvedev’s first major foreign-policy trip, comes amid a sharpening disagreement between Russia and the West over Kosovo’s independence from Serbia.

Yevgeny Volk, head of the Heritage Foundation’s Moscow office, says Medvedev’s visit is intended to show Moscow’s solidarity with its Slavic ally. “I think there is a deep political context here. This is an effort to show support for Serbia in its confrontation with the West over Kosovo. It is a show of solidarity with Serbia in its nonrecognition of Kosovo. Russia is showing that it sees Pristina’s actions as unacceptable and that it plans to cooperate with Serbia,” Volk says.

The United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany have all recognized Kosovo’s independence. Russia, which is emerging as Serbia’s closest ally, has called the Albanian-majority province’s February 17 independence declaration illegal.

Violent Protests

Medvedev’s visit follows violent anti-Western demonstrations in Belgrade last week, in which protesters angry over Kosovo’s independence hurled rocks, set fires, and attacked the U.S. Embassy.

Analysts say Medvedev’s trip is also an effort to make him appear presidential as Russians prepare to go to the polls on March 2. Volk adds that it is also a signal that outgoing President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy will not change under Medvedev.

“This is an effort to demonstrate that there is continuity in Russia’s foreign policy, that Medvedev is not going to move away from Putin’s line. It shows that Medvedev naturally agrees with the Kremlin and that Russia’s foreign policy will not change,” Volk says.

Volk adds that this trip, combined with Medvedev’s comments last week accusing the British Council of spying on Russia, are an indication that he will continue Putin’s hard-line foreign policy.

Moscow’s saber-rattling over Kosovo reached a new level last week when Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, appeared to suggest that Russia was prepared to use armed force against NATO. Rogozin later backed off his comments.Energy issues also figured high on Medvedev’s agenda. In addition to his government post, Medvedev is also chairman of Russia’s state-controlled natural-gas monopoly, Gazprom.

In January, the Kremlin signed a series of energy agreements with Serbia. One deal routes a leg of Russia’s South Stream pipeline through Serbia and another aims to build underground gas-storage facilities in the country. Additionally, a Gazprom subsidiary purchased a majority stake in the Serbian oil company NIS.

As part of today’s visit, Medvedev signed a deal with Belgrade to establish a joint company to build the South Stream pipeline extension and the underground storage facilities. Kostunica said the deal shows that “cooperation between Serbia and Russia is ongoing at all levels.

Serbian President Boris Tadic has sought to steer his country in a pro-Western direction and into the European Union. Nationalists close to Kostunica, however, view moving into Russia’s sphere of influence as a viable alternative.

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2008/02/5F0F6407-5A44-46B6-B383-6D981248CD2F.html

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