Ekaterina Sokirianskaia has published an article in ETH Zürich’s Center for Security Studies’ journal, Russian Analytical Digest (RAD), titled Chechnya under Ramzan Kadyrov.

This edition focuses on recent trends in the Russian North Caucasus. Firstly, Sufian N. Zhemukhov examines the factors that have led to the decline in importance of the Caucasus Emirate in the region. Secondly, Ekaterina Sokirianskaia assesses the drivers that have enabled Ramzan Kadyrov to turn Chechnya into a totalitarian enclave with special status within the Russian Federation, noting the key role of his personal relationship to Vladimir Putin. Thirdly, Ian Lanzillotti analyses why Kabardino-Balkaria has been spared the major interethnic violence that has afflicted other Republics of the North Caucasus, highlighting the impact of late-Soviet modernization processes, which the Balkar communities experienced on a relatively equal basis vis-a-vis the Kabardian population.

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