March 30, 2009
A Chechen in Every Potshot? Dubai Assassination
Stretching out our Dubai trilogy to 4, Chechen on-again off-again military leader, Sulim Yamadayev, who was apparently against the Russians before he was recently for them, was just shot to death while staying in the UAE. (There appears to be a pattern of exiled adversaries of current pro-Russian Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov dying in a veritable Fodor's list of the world's more glamorous cities.) It appears Dubai's gendarmes have made an arrest. In all the unhappy news about Dubai, let's not hope for "free fire zone" to replace a currently economically bumpy "free trade zone." Importing Russian affairs has typically hitherto had only a recreationally carnal implication.
In the end, though, this is probably more a Chechnya-Russia story here than a Gulf one.
Posted by Matthew Hogan at March 30, 2009 10:58 PM
Filed Under: EU Foreign Policy , Economic Development , Ethnic Minorities , Foreign Policy & MENA , Gulf , Political Development , Religious Minorities , Society & Culture , Terrorism
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Thanks for posting, and will try to stop by and offer more thoughts as soon as we emerge from March Madness.
Posted by: Eva Luna at March 31, 2009 01:23 PM
Hmm, maybe not dead yet? Seemingly Chechens are even more fond of conspiracy theories than Russians.
Posted by: Eva Luna at April 7, 2009 05:57 AM