Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Circle Of Instability In Northern Caucasus – Putin Is Vulnerable With Olympics

Posted by Info on 28/05/2010

A deadly Russia bomb killed six people and wounded 40 outside a theater where a Chechen dance group was about to perform in the southern Russian city of Stavropol. The blast hit outside a community center just minutes before the Vainakh musical troupe, which enjoys the sponsorship of pro-Moscow Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, was about to perform.

“There are a lot of suspects in the Stavropol bombing, and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions,” says Andrei Soldatov, editor of the online journal, which reports on the security services. “It speaks of rising instability around the north Caucasus region. We may be seeing some dangerous new developments.”

The stakes are high. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who put his personal reputation on the line to win the 2014 Winter Olympics for Sochi, now sees his pet project under dire threat amid growing regional turbulence.
>”Putin needs to demonstrate peace and stability in the north Caucasus before the Sochi Olympics, not just to ensure the security of the games but to affirm success of the Putin era,” says Nikolai Petrov, a regional analyst . “Therefore Putin is very vulnerable. Many different forces have an interest in stirring up instability, with an eye to forcing him to make a deal with them. It’s not just the usual suspects. I fear we’ll see a good deal more trouble down there.”

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