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Old 05-22-2011   #61
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Default Meanwhile in Belarus

As the following piece points out, while all attention seems to be focused on the Eurozone bailouts for Ireland, Portugal, and maybe even Spain. Another similarly fashioned bailout is in the process of occurring in Eastern Europe for Belarus, a nation led by an autocratic President who is an ally of Russian PM Vladimir Putin. And whose country he has led since the breakup of the USSR, still maintains most of the old Soviet trappings such as a mostly Socialist command economy, and an undemocratic society where the political status quo is maintained by the state KGB whose name and habits haven't changed from the time of the Soviet Union.

Therefore, due to the kleptocratic and antiqued nature of the Belorussian economy, the state find's it's bankrupt and consistently dependent on big brother to the east. Which leaves Belarus turning to Russia and other better off autocratic former Soviet states for emergency economic assistance in the form of a bailout.

It will be interesting to see where this leads, as the Russians are supposedly demanding a number of concessions from the Belorussian political leadership for this to move forward.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/wo...s-Belarus.html

http://drezner.foreignpolicy.com/pos...anging_belarus
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Old 11-24-2011   #62
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Default Dagestan - the most dangerous place in Europe

A short BBC report that opens with:
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Once it was Chechnya, today it is the republic of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea that is the most explosive place in Russia - and in Europe. There are bomb attacks almost daily, shootouts between police and militants, tales of torture and of people going missing.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15824831

Sounds horribly similar to many other places, nearly all off our "radar".
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Old 04-03-2015   #64
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Great site for those interested in Russian terrorism issues.

This week’s Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia http://extremistrussia.com/2015/04/0...-3-april-2015/

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Default Five ways to stop terrorism - the Russian way

Recommended by a "lurker" and rather optimistic given the insurgency in the Caucasus, even if that is "contained":http://sputniknews.com/russia/201608...m-lessons.html

It ends with - no, not a hint at influencing Europe:
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Ultimately, Naryshkin emphasized that unfortunately, there are never any guarantees of complete safety against terrorism. Nevertheless, given the series of measures Russian security services have at their disposal, Russians can look confidently toward the professionalism of the security services to protect against the threat. European countries, meanwhile, may just have something to take away from the Russian experience.
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Default Rostov’s Red Army Faction

A strange criminal case in Russia:
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On 14 February 2017, a trial against two alleged “terrorists”, Artur Panov and Maksim Smyshlyaev, opened in the North Caucasus District Military Court. The prosecution claimed that before prior to arrest in December 2015, Panov, an underage Ukrainian citizen, planned to organise a series of explosions in Rostov-on-Don and manufactured an explosive device with which to carry them out. Maksim Smyshlyaev, a Russian student, supposedly offered to help him, providing him with advice on the best way to plan and carry out terrorist acts.
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...a new definition of terrorism — here, it’s the desire to dissuade a terrorist from carrying out any terrorism.
Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-rus...-army-faction?

Artur Panov the aspiring terrorist appears to have mental health issues; now where have we heard that CT investigations have found that too?
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A strange criminal case in Russia
A common thing those days - recent anti-everything law amendments allow to prosecute anyone as extremist\separatist\enemy of the state for SMS, single (re)post or even holding an invisible posters

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Default Russia’s domestic terrorism threat is serious, sophisticated and complex

An assessment by two UK-based SME after the St. Petersburg Metro bombing; it also looks at who might have been behind the attack:https://theconversation.com/russias-domestic-terrorism-threat-is-serious-sophisticated-and-complex-75869?
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