June 14, 2008 |
The volatile North Caucasus experienced one of its worst eruptions of violence in months with at least nine people killed in attacks across the region, officials said Friday. The Kremlin is struggling to contain a mix of Islamist insurgents, separatists and organized crime groups, though a separatist rebellion in one of the region's hotspots, Chechnya, has largely been quelled. The latest bloodshed included a blast in the Ingushetia region that killed four people and a rebel attack in Chechnya that killed at least three.
November 13, 2000 |
Born in Israel, Washington-based journalist Yo'av Karny felt he had a special sympathy for small nations struggling to survive. This is what motivated him to visit the Caucasus, that fabled, mountainous region between the Black and Caspian seas containing some 30-odd "nations," or ethnic groups, whose roots stretch back across the centuries.
December 9, 2005 |
When Fatima Tekayeva heard that her son was about to be returned to Russia from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, she felt an aching fear. Don't do it, she begged anyone who would listen. It's bad there, yes. It's worse here. Please don't send my son home. All the same, the scenario unfolded like a scripted nightmare. Rasul Kudayev was put on a plane back to Russia. Soon he was released.
August 30, 2006 |
The upper part of Georgia's Kodori Gorge is a 25-mile stretch of narrow river valley, with steep slopes rising to snowcapped peaks. It boasts a few scattered villages and a population of about 4,000. In winter, snow cuts off the road to the Georgian capital. So it might seem a strange place for the headquarters of a regional government.
November 14, 2000 |
The split-up of post-communist Yugoslavia in the 1990s was the subject of Robert D. Kaplan's last book of travel and political journalism, "Balkan Ghosts." The possible disintegration of a wider swath of the world in the early 21st century is the subject of "Eastward to Tartary." As in Bosnia and Kosovo, Kaplan warns, the West may have to deal with explosive conflicts in regions--such as the oil-rich Caspian Sea--about which it knows far too little.
March 31, 2010 |
Russia's strategy regarding its mostly Muslim southern republics has varied little over the last decade of turbulence: Answer force with force. Attacks on trains, apartment blocks and schools are met with crushing military campaigns, disappearances and death. But on Tuesday, the day after 39 people were killed in Moscow by female suicide bombers during the morning commute, the government's handling of the Caucasus region came under criticism, even from within. The idea of Russia suffering the wrath of people radicalized by violence in the republics of Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan is nothing new. But this week's attack seemed to pull it back from the margins of discourse.