Foreign Fighters from Russia and Central Asia Part III

Russia and Central Asia 3

8: Central Asian IS fighters About. 4,000 Central Asian foreign fighters are in Syria. Many are part of IS, but most will be with the Nusra Front (now: Al Sham, which seems to distance itself somewhat from Al Qaeda ). A few Central Asians are also in Chechen groups. Although the tendency is to cut all the Central Asian countries into one comb, these countries deal with foreign fighters very…

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Foreign Fighters from Russia and Central Asia Part II

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5: Radicalization of Chechen separatists Most Russian foreign fighters in Syria come from Chechnya and Dagestan in the North Caucasus. Rebels in Chechnya have been aiming for independence from Russia since 1991, much to the concern of the central government in Moscow. The first Chechen war (1994–1996) ended with the Russian authorities withdrawing troops and postponing the fate of the republics. Already during and after the first Chechen war, the…

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Foreign Fighters from Russia and Central Asia Part I

Russia and Central Asia 1

In January 2017, Turkish authorities arrested a man from Uzbekistan. He was a member of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) and is now suspected of having carried out the terrorist attack that killed 39 people at a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve . The suicide bombers who blew themselves up at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport in 2016 came from the Russian republic of Dagestan and the Central Asian…

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EU Neighborhood Policy Part II

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6: Ukraine and Russia To date, the neighborhood policy has not contributed to peace and stability in the eastern neighborhood of the EU. In recent times, developments have been particularly negative in Ukraine. This is mainly due to an aggressive and reprehensible Russian policy towards the country. However, some believe that the EU is not entirely without responsibility. These will mean, among other things, that the EU has paid too…

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Russia History: the Parliamentary Republic and the Chechen Question

Russia History - the Parliamentary Republic and the Chechen Question

Russia regained the status of a parliamentary republic following the failed Moscow coup in August 1991, under the leadership of Boris N. Elcin, president elected by parliament since 1990 (and confirmed by popular suffrage in June 1991). Proposed as heir of the USSR in matters of supranational interest and as promoter of the foundation of the CIS (21 December 1991), it assumed the official name of the Russian Federation (or…

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Traveling in Russia

Traveling in Russia

Russia – arrival Airplane: Aeroflot Russian International Airlines (SU) is the stateairline Of Russia. Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport is the most important transport hub. Numerous international airlines offer flights to and from Russia. For example, Lufthansa (LH), KLM (KL), Finnair (AY), CSA-Czech Airlines (OK), Vladivostok Air (XF), Austrian Airlines (OS), Air France (AF), Alitalia (AZ),British Airways(BA) or LOT Polish Airlines (LO). Airports: the largest and most important airports – Russia’s Moscow…

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Russia Vegetation

Russia Vegetation

Russia, Russian Federation, abbreviation RF, Russian Federation, officially Russian Rossiskaja Federazija, state in Eastern Europe and North Asia (Siberia and Far East), with (2018) 144.5 million residents and 17 098 250 km 2 largest state in the world; The capital is Moscow. According to campingship, almost 50% of Russia’s area is forest-covered. Tundra, swamps, lakes and high mountains take up around a quarter of the area. Most of the Arctic…

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