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The Volgograd Attacks, Sochi Olympics and the Caucasus

Author(s): Dünya Başol
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Karadeniz Araştırmaları Merkezi
Keywords: Russia; Caucasus; Sochi; Abkhazia; Terrorism

Summary/Abstract: After the dissolution of Soviet Union, Russian Federation faced with rising ethnic nationalism and demands of independence in the Caucasus, and two bloody wars in Chechnya took place as a result of these demands. Russia, which seemed to have established control in the region after the Second Chechen War briefly, diverted its political and military attention once again to the Caucasus as religious radicalism spread to first Dagestan and then to Kabardino-Balkaria Republic. Though terrorist attacks are generally in low intensity, they are persistent and radical groups threaten the regional security and become globally known by occasional attacks. Volgograd attacks that took place just before the Sochi Olympics, which has a very important role for Russian Federation’s mid-long term policies in the region, once again showed how difficult it is for Russia to establish stability in the region.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 41
  • Page Range: 110-126
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Turkish