Sunday, March 30, 2014

The New Great Game Round-Up #44

The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.  

After the party of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had lost power in the 2012 Georgian parliamentary election, the controversial political leader faced more and more pressure in his home country. Even before Saakashvili left office, then Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili had threatened him with criminal prosecution and went after his associates. So the former President took no chances and left Georgia after the end of his second term. Although Ivanishvili has turned his back on politics by now, the current government is still determined to hold Saakashvili accountable. After all, he is implicated in numerous criminal cases including the death of his former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania. Since Saakashvili does not want to acknowledge that there are plenty of reasons for his questioning, he takes the same line as almost all Western politicians and media in recent weeks [emphasis mine]: 
Saakashvili refuses to come home for questioning, blames Putin

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday made his first comments regarding the news that he is asked to testify in ten serious criminal cases in his home country.

He claims the request sent out by his country’s top prosecutor, asking him to help solve ten of the most controversial criminal cases, including the death of his own prime minister, is a ploy masterminded by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Speaking to Rustavi 2, Saakashvili reiterated that he believes that his summoning is a direct order from the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to ‘destroy’ him.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The New Great Game Round-Up #43

The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.  

Numerous reports about the death of Russia's most wanted terrorist, Doku Umarov, have surfaced over the years only to be refuted by another video supposedly shot in the forests of the North Caucasus. Like the phony bin Laden tapes these videos are then subsequently propagated by CIA's Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, U.S.-Israeli "terrorism expert" organizations, which manage to beat al-Qaeda & Co. to the release of their own videos, and the mouthpiece of the Caucasus Emirate, the Kavkaz Center. The servers hosting the Kavkaz Center website are of course not to be found in the forests of the North Caucasus but rather in Sweden and Finland, where people like Mikael Storsjö do their bit to enable the Islamist insurgency in Russia. Since the Kavkaz Center has now finally confirmed Doku Umarov's death, this foreign-backed insurgency needs a new poster boy:
North Caucasus rebel leader Umarov dead, replaced: website

Russia's most wanted man, Doku Umarov, is dead and has been replaced as the leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, a website that sympathizes with the militants said on Tuesday.

The Kavkaz Centre website issued an obituary, calling Umarov a martyr who had "given 20 years of his life to the Jihad."

It did not say when or how he had died, but the simultaneous release of a video address by a militant introducing himself as Umarov's replacement indicated it may have been some time ago.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The New Great Game Round-Up #42

The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.
 
After the success of Washington's "Brown Revolution" in Ukraine, NATO is yet again aligned with fascists and neo-Nazis in its never-ending struggle against Russia and Western media is busy selling the myth of moderate Ukrainian neo-Nazis similar to the "moderate Syrian rebels". During the days of Operation Gladio these forces were simply called "anti-communist" but now the presstitutes will have to come up with more innovative forms of propaganda to conceal the fact that the new puppet regime in Kiev boasts several neo-Nazis in key positions. So the fight against fascism in Europe falls once again to Russia, which wants to get rid of the Ukrainian "ultranationalists" for a number of reasons:
Russia to add 2 Maidan leaders to intl wanted list over Chechen militant links

Members of the Ukrainian far-right parties, including Maidan leaders Oleg Tyagnibok and Dmitry Yarosh, are to be added to the wanted list for participation in hostilities against Russian soldiers in Chechnya, Russia’s Investigative Committee says.

Russia intends to prosecute members of the UNA-UNSO ultranationalist party for being part of the gang that fought alongside militant leaders Shamil Basayev and Arab mercenary Emir Khattab [Thamir Saleh Abdullah Suwailem] in the North Caucasus in 1994-95, said Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for the Investigative Committee.