Persoverzicht Tsjetsjenië - september 2012

5 september 2012

Chechnya- Ingushetia border dispute:News media reports that the President of the North Caucasian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, demands that the Republic's border with neighbouring Ingushetia be reconsidered. The issue was discussed at a meeting of the Republic's cabinet. According to Kadyrov, the Chechen government has documents proving that the Sunzhensky district and a part of the Malgobeksky districts of Ingushetia are actually Chechen lands. The idea of reconsidering the border was criticized harshly by the Ingush leader, Yunus-bek Yevkurov. Experts say that the dispute may complicate situation in this region. (Kommersant, RIA Novosti)

Army may be used in Northern Caucasus:Nezavisimaya Gazeta speculates that Russian Ministry of Defense is considering to use army to combat terrorists in the Northern Caucasus. According to unidentified sources in the Ministry of Defense, these plans are justified by the increased number of casualties among law enforcement officers in this region. Reportedly, only during last two weeks 15 officers were killed and 11 wounded. Such losses of personal can be compared only with the beginning of the 2000s when the military conducted active operations in the region. (Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

18 september 2012

Putin observes Caucasus-2012 military exercises:President Vladimir Putin on Monday observed the Kavkaz-2012 ('Caucasus-2012') military exercises at a training range in the Krasnodar territory (southern Russia). Pointing out that "the use of force is increasing in international affairs,"Putin told servicemen that they "must keep their powder dry" and enhance Russia's defence capability. Nezvaisimaya Gazeta writes that one of the targets of the exercises is preparation for ensuring security during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Interfax cites Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze as saying that the 'Caucasus-2012' exercises "endanger the stability in the region." (Interfax, Kommersant, NG, RG)

19 september 2012

Chechnya's Kadyrov denies making 'hit lists' of his opponents: (i) In an interview with the BBC, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has denied allegations that he has made hit lists of his political opponents. On Tuesday, Kommersant reported that a suspect in the killing of Chechen poet Ruslan Akhtakhanov in Moscow in November 2011 has allegedly confessed that he committed the crime because Akhtakhanov had criticized Kadyrov. (ii) Kadyrov announced late on Tuesday that five militants were killed in an operation in Ingushetia. (Interfax, Lenta.ru, MT)

21 september 2012

Eightmilitants killed in Kabardino-Balkaria operation: Eight militants, including several local gang leaders, were killed in an operation yesterday in Nalchik (capital of Kabardino-Balkaria). Kommersant calls the operation one of the most successful for regional law enforcement officers since April 2011. Nezavisimaya Gazeta notes that operations against militants were conducted yesterday also in Chechnya and Ingushetia. According to the daily, 69 counterterrorist operations have been conducted by law enforcement agencies in the North Caucasus in the first eight monthsof 2012. (Kommersant, NG, RG)

22 september 2012

Former Defence Minister Grachev dies: Former Defence Minister Pavel Gravchev has died in Moscow at the age of 64. His name is most often associated with the assault on the Russian Parliament building in October 1993 and the sending of federal troops to Chechnya in 1994 on the Government's instructions. (Kommersant, NG, RG)

25 september 2012

Poll: Russians back residence restrictions: In a special supplement, 'NG-Scenarios', Nezavisimaya Gazeta provides the results of a poll carried out by the Levada-Centre in August, which revealed that 42% of respondents back residence restrictions on people from the Caucasus, 37% on Chinese, 35% on natives of the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, 31% on Vietnamese. (NG)

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