ATbar Kroupenev, Artem

Kroupenev, Artem

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Radical Islam in Chechnya

29/01/2009
The permeation of radical Islam in Chechnya has served a multi-faceted function. It has been the vehicle of separatist resistance, a platform of political strife and conflict, a source of funding and external support and a unifying ideological principle that, in its various interpretations, has brought both hope and destruction for the Chechen society. More often than not, Islam served as a political-ideological tool that brought the promise of legitimacy and was the main source of contention between the Chechen political factions. For 21st century Russia, radical Islam in Chechnya provided a different type of challenge – one that turned into an opportunity for justifying its counter-terrorist operations in the Caucasus.
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Radical Islam in Chechnya

23/01/2009
The permeation of radical Islam in Chechnya has served a multi-faceted function. It has been the vehicle of separatist resistance, a platform of political strife and conflict, a source of funding and external support and a unifying ideological principle that, in its various interpretations, has brought both hope and destruction for the Chechen society. More often than not, Islam served as a political-ideological tool that brought the promise of legitimacy and was the main source of contention between the Chechen political factions. For 21st century Russia, radical Islam in Chechnya provided a different type of challenge – one that turned into an opportunity for justifying its counter-terrorist operations in the Caucasus.
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Russia’s Policy vis-à-vis Iran and Hezbollah

19/03/2008
Today, the Middle East remains vital for the realization of Russia’s interests in the southern part of its post-Soviet territories. This article discusses Iran and Hezbollah in the context of Russia's tactical and strategic considerations and foreign policy interests in the Middle East.
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Chechnya in 2007: Ramzan Kadyrov's Domain

25/05/2007
The assassination of Shamil Basayev marked a watershed of success for Russia’s counter-terrorism efforts in the North Caucasus. However, the turmoil in Chechnya is far from over.
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The Assassination of Aslan Maskhadov

15/03/2005
This article discusses the ramifications of Aslan Maskhadov's assasination by Russian Forces in Chechnya.
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