Crisis in the Caucasus - 2008
The Russian / Georgian Conflict and its Impact on Azerbaijan
Opinions Worth Considering....
October 2008 - Daily Blog from Window on Eurasia
Pale yellow color designates events directly related to Azerbaijan
Oct 1 Larger Military Draft in Russia This Fall Seen Provoking Protests Medvedev, Putin Send Contrasting Messages to Russia's Muslims Moscow Began Preparing for Georgian War Four Years Ago, Illarionov Says Oct 2 Georgian Opposition to Saakashvili Unites Under Human Rights Banner If the CIS Disintegrates, Russia Might Too, Moscow Expert Says Azerbaijan Hopes to Send More Oil through Russia, SOCAR Says Oct 3 Today's Stalin Cult in Russia More Insidious than Late Soviet Era One, Analysts Say Oct 4 Hard-Pressed Moscow Opposition Leaders Ask U.S. Not to Cut Russian-Language Broadcasts Shorts for October 4 Non-Georgian Items Shorts for October 4, 2008 Georgian Events Oct 6 National Movements in North Caucasus Now Threaten Existing Borders Ethnic Russians in Ukraine Re-identifying as Ukrainians Will Explosions in South Ossetia Slow Moscow's Withdrawal from Buffer Zone? Oct 11 Shorts for October 11 - Non-Georgian Items Shorts for October 11 - Georgian Events Religious Groups Playing Larger Role in Russian Elections Oct 12 Russian Evangelicals Recall 'Milestone' in Their Struggle for Freedom Mufti who Bridges Soviet, Russian Eras Looks Back at 60 Oct 13 Did Russian Agencies Try to Poison Politkovskaya Attorney in France? Tatars Recall Russian Occupation of Kazan in 1552 Despite Threats from Officials Oct 14 New Russian Book Says Stalin's Deportation of Nationalities Was Justified Oct 15 Moscow Must Gear Up to Fight Information Wars, Diplomatic Academy Dean Says Moscow Seeks Greater Control over Religious Education than Soviets Did, Russian Critics Say Moscow's Man at NATO Redefines the Meaning of Diplomacy Oct 16 Moscow Selectively Enforces Law to Close Religious Groups It Doesn't Like Moscow's Control of North Caucasus Regimes Increasing but Their Control of the Population is Declining, Expert Says Orthodoxy Becomes an Obstacle rather than a Bridge in Russian-Georgian Relations Oct 17 Soviet-Era Underground Church Did Not Exist Apart from Legal Congregations, Moscow Historian Says Putin is the 'Hope and Defense' of the Islamic World, Kadyrov Says Georgians Plotting Terrorist Attacks against Russia, Moscow Officials Say Oct 18 Shorts for October 18 Georgian Events Shorts for October 18 Non-Georgian Items Oct 19 Branches of Foreign Universities Play Major Role in Post-Soviet States Oct 20 Ingushetia is Today Where Chechnya Was in 1999, Moscow Analyst Says 2008 Crisis a Greater Threat to Russia than was the 1998 Default, Satarov Says Moscow Failing to Counter Radical Right Violence, Rights Activists Say Oct 21 Russia's Protestants Now Fear Being Linked to Co-Religionists in the West Khrushchev's Campaign against Religion Still Casts a Shadow on Russia Oct 22 Combining Ingushetia and Chechnya Seen Sparking Larger War The Islamization of the Internet or the Internetization of Islam No Russian Leader Will Retreat from Recognition of Abkhazia, South Ossetia South Ossetians Want to Be Independent of Russia Too, Moscow Paper Says Oct 23 Soviet-Style Media Censorship Yields Some Soviet-Style Results No Russian Could Make a Film about Putin like Oliver Stone's 'W' about Bush Oct 24 Will the New Central Asian Water-Sharing Accord Actually Work? Oct 25 Shorts for October 25 Georgian Events Shorts for October 25 Non-Georgian Items Kazan Again Challenges Putin's 'Common Legal Space' Oct 27 Chinese More Comfortable in Russian Far East than in Moscow But Less Interested in Staying There Moscow Tells Washington to 'Forget' Georgia and Resume Cooperation Some Chukchis Are No Longer Offended by Chukchi Jokes Oct 28 Moscow Must Not Be Tempted by Georgian Events to Attack Crimea, French Foreign Minister Warns Oct 29 Some in Kremlin 'Regret' Recognizing Breakaway States, Belkovsky Says Russian Internal Troops Reportedly Being Prepared for Mass Disorders Many Russian Regions Would be Better Off if They Were Independent, Study Finds Oct 30 Could the Georgian Diaspora Become a Bridge between Moscow and Tbilisi? Moscow Faces Enormous Problems in Developing Northern Sea Route Putin, Popular Indifference Subverted Key Provisions of 1993 Constitution, Its Drafter Says Oct 31 'The Victory of Communism is Inevitable' Will Dismissing Zyazikov Calm Ingushetia or Further Inflame the North Caucasus?