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INSIGHT - Chechnya - Putin/Kadyrov mtg

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 5476531
Date 2009-08-25 16:46:20
PUBLICATION: yes, except the second graf
ATTRIBUTION: Stratfor sources in the Kremlin
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Senior within the Kremlin circle, deals daily with
security issues and folks

Putin and Kadyrov had a productive visit. Kadyrov vowed to keep his
country in order and there will be a new series of covert actions inside
of Chechnya over the next few weeks. Putin does not want the more public
sweeps because of all of the poor press the Caucasus is receiving with the
reporter and ngo assassinations.

I should hedge that I can not say much on this topic, but the recent ngo
assassinations are not exactly random. There is a campaign by Kadyrov to
clamp down on any organization receiving grants from foreign donors at the
moment. Kadryrov is ensuring that money isn't flowing to the wrong places,
even if the campaigns [LG: I would prefer not to publish this part]

They also discussed how to continue handling Ingushetia. Until now, the
Russians have left it mostly up to the Chechens. The Chechens have carried
out significant operations in Ingushetia since the assassination attempt
on the President. The operations that have taken place thus far in
Ingushetia since June have been well planned and executed. From now on,
Kadyrov's troops are responsible for operations near the border in the
particularly tricky enclaves of Sunzhensky and Achkhoi-Martanovsky.

Russia is shifting some of its remaining forces that are still in the
Caucasus into Ingushetia this week. The Kremlin has divided Ingushtia into
various special-operation zones in which the insurgency has escalated.
Russian troops are responsible for the more western regions near North
Ossetia-the less difficult regions in my opinion, though it does limit how
far the Chechens can move into the country, as well as, the backlash from
some Ingush factions against the Chechen presence.

Did you hear of the one case this past week where a Voznesenskaya villager
was killed as a sorceress? How is this region a challenge to us again?
Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334