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Old 11-28-2007   #12
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CSRC, 27 Nov 07: North Caucasus: Advent of Mountain Brigades
Key Points

* President Putin conceived the concept of mountain brigades in August 2004 to improve security along the southern Russian border and counter cross-border violations.

* President Putin also stipulated that the infrastructure envisaged for the mountain brigades: roads, electricity, water and gas must also serve the inhabitants of Botlikh (Daghestan) and Zelenchukskaya (Karachayevo-Cherkessia).

* Whilst construction of new barracks is almost complete, the recruitment, manning and training of personnel is more difficult. It is unlikely that the brigades will be fully operational until the end of 2008.
Complete 23 page paper at the link.

Last edited by Jedburgh; 08-12-2008 at 04:44 PM. Reason: Fixed link.
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