Ukrainian War Unsettles Russian Regions and Non-Russian Republics

Ukrainian War Unsettles Russian Regions and Non-Russian Republics

Ukrainian War Unsettles Russian Regions and Non-Russian Republics

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 19 Issue: 31

By: Paul Goble

March 8, 2022 

A destroyed Russian tank in Ukraine (Source: Ukrinform)
A destroyed Russian tank in Ukraine (Source: Ukrinform)

Moscow has been extremely chary about reporting combat losses in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine, electing instead to make the heads of the federal subjects responsible for doing so at the local level—lest it become immediately obvious to all Russians just how large these cumulative losses have become. But that decision, like the decision to make the federal subject heads responsible for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, may backfire on the central government. Not only is this forced delegation of responsibility likely to infuriate those governors, who will have to face public anger, but it may also highlight the extent to which “Russian” combat losses are concentrated in non-Russian areas and among rural Russians. Indeed, there is already growing evidence that non-Russian troops are dying in disproportionate numbers in Ukraine. So while most republic leaders have lined up behind Putin’s war, many in the national movements are now talking about pursuing secession from the Russian Federation. Read more

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Paul Goble’s 42 Windows on Eurasia for Aug. 6 – 11, 2021

Paul Goble’s 42 Windows on Eurasia for Aug. 6 – 11, 2021     

1.      Moscow Giving Orders on Pandemic that Violate Russian Laws, Study Finds

windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/08/moscow-giving-orders-on-pandemic-that.html

2.      A Baker’s Double Dozen of Other Notable Stories from Russia This Week

windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/08/a-bakers-double-dozen-of-other-notable_11.html  

3.      Twenty-Five Years Ago This Week, Chechens Drove Russians Out of Grozny

windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/08/twenty-five-years-ago-this-week.html  Read more

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Paul Goble’s 42 Windows on Eurasia for June 7-12, 2021

Paul Goble’s 42 Windows on Eurasia for June 7-12, 2021

 

1.      Moscow Claims Success against Pandemic as Third Wave Hits Russia East of the Urals

windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/06/moscow-claims-success-against-pandemic.html

2.      Russia’s Enemies aren’t Opponents but Threats to Russian Identity, Gudkov Says

windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/06/russias-enemies-arent-opponents-but.html

3.      Federative Party Leader Leaves Russia But Vows to Continue the Fight

windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/06/federative-party-leader-leaves-russia.html  Read more

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In the Footsteps of Sykes-Picot Agreement Consequences / When the Student Outshines the Master — Part 2

In the Footsteps of Sykes-Picot Agreement Consequences / When the Student Outshines the Master — Part 2

In the Footsteps of Sykes-Picot Agreement Consequences / When the Student Outshines the Master — Part 2

By: Adel Bashqawi

20 November, 2020

*Part One

mentioned the Sykes-Picot Agreement signed in 1916, between France and Britain with the approval of two false witnesses representing both the Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy. The agreement aimed to divide territories, which were an “integral part of the Ottoman Empire,” between the two main signatories. [1]

*Part One [2] Read more

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Moscow Treating North Caucasus Republics like Colonies, Khatazhukov Says

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Moscow Treating North Caucasus Republics like Colonies, Khatazhukov Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, October 27 – Many Russians and others as well blame conditions in the North Caucasus republics on the nations there, blaming them for the authoritarianism of their regimes. But that is not the cause of the situation. These republics began to build serious civil societies in the 1990s, but then Moscow crushed them, Valery Khatazhukov says.

            The Circassian head of the Kabardino-Balkar Human Rights Protection Center says that the reason for this change was not the second post-Soviet Chechen war but rather the Kremlin’s decision to treat Chechnya and the other republics as colonies and test repressive measures there before using them elsewhere (caucasustimes.com/ru/valerij-hatazhukov-kreml-vystraivaet-svoi-otnoshenija-s-severnym-kavkazom-kak-metropolija-s-kolonijami/). Read more

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Chechens Turned to Islam to Find Justice But Circassians Already had It, Bzegezhev Says

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Chechens Turned to Islam to Find Justice But Circassians Already had It, Bzegezhev Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, October 25 – Russians and other outsiders are accustomed to lumping together all the peoples of the North Caucasus, except for the North Ossetians, as Muslims, but what it means for each of them to be a Muslim varies widely depending on the nature of their cultural code before Islam arrived and whether it provided justice, Askhad Bzegezhev says.

            Writing on Moscow’s Snob portal, the Circassian commentator says he always was struck by the fact that Russians call all Circassians Muslims while none of his relatives, friends or acquaintances go to mosques or wear the hijab or otherwise behave as Russians expect Muslims to (snob.ru/profile/32165/blog/171092/). Read more

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Paul Gobles 42 Windows on Eurasia for April 7-12, 2020

Paul Gobles 42 Windows on Eurasia for April 7-12, 2020    

 

1.      Is Moscow Sending More Troops to the North Caucasus and Paying Them Five Times as Much? 

windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2020/04/is-moscow-sending-more-troops-to-north.html

 

2.      Russian Official Sociology with Its Presidential Ratings Another Casualty of Pandemic, Davydov Says 

windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2020/04/russian-official-sociology-with-its.html

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