Chechnya v. Ingushetia: Gladio C Ethnic Tensions in the Caucasus?

In the ninety-fourth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses front page articles from four Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition, Moskovsky Komsomolets, and Kommersant. He discusses the 20th anniversary of the Center for Special Forces of the main Russian domestic intelligence agency, the FSB. While the current coverage of the Western mass media is focused mostly on the Russian military intelligence agency, incorrectly called the GRU, the FSB is both more powerful and better equipped. In addition, Professor Kovacevic presents the highlights of an exclusive interview with Igor Ashurbeyli, the former director of the leading Russian military-industrial company ‘Almaz-Antey,’ which produced the famed Russian anti-aircraft missile system S-400 and is now working on the even more sophisticated S-500. He also discusses the dangerous rise in ethnic tensions in the Caucasus between Chechnya and Ingushetia, two republics within the Russian Federation, and speculates as to who might be involved in stoking the flames. Lastly, Professor Kovacevic examines the Russian approach to the issues on the Korean peninsula. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Show Notes

Rossiyskaya Gazeta – October 8, 2018

Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition – October 6, 2018

Moskovsky Komsomolets – October 9, 2018

Kommersant – October 9, 2018

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  1. Since 2016… “There’s nothing Next-Gen about the S-500 missiles systems. Russians have S-1200 in their stockpile but despite this, they’ll fall. The USSR previously had a leading edge in technology, although their state of the art systems did not withhold their collapse” (as the geography was against them in all ways and still is until today)… Also, at other instances, it was noted that “This agreement for receiving Russian S-300 missiles will not work out (regarding Iran). Russians have S-800’s in stock but have not made this known to anyone. Basically, they are giving their heritage supplies away to other countries.” [There is more than S-800 they even have the S-1200 systems] …. “F-35 fighter jets launch attacks from 800km away from a target, rendering S-400 anti-air systems as useless. China has created their own models of J-31 to counter US air force and Russia has the S-1200 in stock to reach targets at 1200km.”

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