CHECHNYA. THE WHITE BOOK [Russian Information Centre and RIA Novosti, 03 April 2000] Chechnya gained de facto independence for several years, but it was not ready for it. It failed to take hold of its freedom, protect the rights of its citizens, or restore the economy. In a word, it failed to steer the developments into the right direction. Chechens could not come to an agreement with Russians or with each other.
ISLAMIC FACTOR AND RUSSIARussian Information Centre 15 February 2000 -- At present the main orientation of the US anti-Russian policy is to separate Russia from its immediate neighbourhood. Caspian oil is an important though not the main factor of Western expansion carried out in this region with the involvement of Islamic nations. The developments of the past few years prove that there are forces in the international arena, which are striving to realise a scenario of Russia's weakening by turning it into a confederation, if not of its complete disintegration. The North Caucasus is a rather vulnerable link in this respect, especially after the Chechen war. The US is using the Islamic factor to weaken Russia and assert its own domination in Eurasia. That is why Russian politicians should not forget who is behind the events in Chechnya or Tajikistan and with which forces it is really necessary to wage a war or to hold negotiations.
THE CHECHEN CHRONICLES '98BASED ON 1998-1999 MEDIA REPORTSRussian Information Centre [31.01.2000] This review is based on 1998-1999 contributions to periodicals which describe developments in Chechnya in the latter half of 1998. The digest is interspersed with historical digressions on some of the issues.
THE CHECHEN CHRONICLES '99BASED ON 1998-1999 MEDIA REPORTSRussian Information Centre [21.01.2000] This review is a follow up to The Chechen Chronicles '98. It focuses on the Chechen internal political developments in 1999. Implications of developments in Daghestan in August 1999, the so-called Daghestan dimension of the Chechen Chronicles, is presented separately. The chronicles include the background of some inveterate issues. This review does not include any details on the current anti-terrorist operation pursued in Chechnya by the federal authorities.
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CAUCASUS AMID THE "BIG GAME" Russian Information Centre - 09.02.2000 -- The developments in the North Caucasus are linked with the strategic interests of many states and political forces, above all the Caspian oil, the important geo-strategic situation of the Caucasus, as well as the desire of some states to dominate in this region. In particular, NATO and the USA, seeking to win over certain Caucasian states, are encouraging them to take anti-Russian actions.
HISTORICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE WAR IN CHECHNYA ANTERO LEITZINGER PERCEPTIONS JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS September-November 1997 Volume II - Number 3 -- As soon as the Soviet Union disintegrated, new Russia launched its foreign policy toward the newly independent Caucasian states based on the old traditions of pre-1917 imperial policy. Instead of developing completely new, modern strategies, Russia copied old ones, disregarding the fact that the world had changed.
CAN RUSSIA DO IT ALONE IN THE CAUCASUS? PAVEL K. BAEV PERCEPTIONS JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS September-November 1997 Volume II - Number 3 -- Russia's failed efforts to block NATO expansion and the deadlocks of its policy in the Caucasus are parts of the same process of geopolitical retreat.