A Very Russian Murder

January 25, 2016

A culture of impunity is endemic at the Kremlin.  If there was ever a case of cloak and dagger, this was it: Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent working for MI6, an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin with a close connection to a renegade oligarch—Russia’s...

Silent Deaths: The Price of a Russian Soldier’s Life

October 30, 2014

Russia attempts to mask responsibility for soldiers dying in Ukraine by cracking down on activists. On October 17, following a search at the offices of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers in the southern Russian city of Budenovsk, Lydmila Bogatenkova, the head of the branch, was arrested and...

The Subversive Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

August 07, 2013

Political turmoil in the North Caucasus threatens to mar the Sochi Winter Olympics. On July 3, the leader of the Chechen terrorist group "Emirate Caucasus," Doku Umarov, released a video where he urged his supporters to disrupt the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. In his video, he calls the games a...

The Boston Blast: Jihadists at the Gates

July 12, 2013

The Boston attacks reflect an evolution in Chechnya's long struggle against Russia. By Dmitry Babich  The televised images of the deserted streets of Boston and Cambridge, two of America’s oldest university centers, were a sad sight for the many former international students...

Russia’s Separatist Movements

July 12, 2013

It is time Russia found a solution to secessionist movements like Chechnya. Background  Nestling between the Black and Caspian seas, the North Caucasus is home to a number of separatist movements, many of whom have grown into violent struggles over the past few decades and are now...

After the Boston Attacks: The Role of Terrorism in the Northern Caucasus

May 23, 2013

Because the Boston Bombers came from Chechnya, the country is now back on the public agenda. With the Boston Bombings, public attention has returned to the subject that disappeared from the media over the last few years: Chechnya, the attackers’ country of a origin. At present, it appears...

Why the Tsarnaev Brothers Are Chechen Jihadists, Not Vice-Versa

May 16, 2013

Historically, radical jihadists in Chechnya do not have the ideological ambition to form a network of Chechens against the US, argues Iliana Hagenah. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher once called Chechen rebels "freedom fighters" but they are now seen by many as radical...