The Shifting Political Hierarchy in the North Caucasus

Russians are not the only ones participating in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to the BBC Russian Service, 321 servicemen from the North Caucasus (i.e., the Russian republics of Karachay-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya, and Dagestan) are confirmed dead. More than half have come from Dagestan. The regional governments have taken in thousands of refugees and forcibly displaced people, and facilitated humanitarian and militaryaid. Government officials have made occasional excursions to the front. They have also demonstrated public support with auto-rallies, “V” and “Z” displays, and by hosting an anti-NATO museum exhibit.


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