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Who Is Ramazan Abdulatipov?

Ramazan Abdulatipov during his service as Russia's ambassador to Tajikistan in 2008. (file photo)Ramazan Abdulatipov during his service as Russia's ambassador to Tajikistan in 2008. (file photo)
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Ramazan Abdulatipov during his service as Russia's ambassador to Tajikistan in 2008. (file photo)
Ramazan Abdulatipov during his service as Russia's ambassador to Tajikistan in 2008. (file photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has named former Russian Nationalities Minister Ramazan Abdulatipov as acting head of Abdulatipov's home Republic of Daghestan, replacing Magomedsalam Magomedov, whose dismissal has been anticipated for the past 10 days.

Abdulatipov, who was elected to represent Daghestan in the Russian State Duma in December 2011 on the United Russia ticket, has singled out the following main challenges facing the republic: security generated by the ongoing campaign to stamp out the Islamic insurgency; unemployment, which was estimated last year at 12.8 percent; and, arguably the most intractable, restoring the population's confidence in the republic's leadership.

Abdulatipov, who is 66, spent the first decades of his career as an academic, teaching history and philosophy at universities in Leningrad and Murmansk. In 1988, when the various nations of the U.S.S.R. seized the opportunities presented by Soviet Communist Party General-Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's liberalization policies to air grievances that had been festering for decades, Gorbachev brought Abdulatipov to Moscow to advise on how to cope with those demands. Two years later, Abdulatipov was elected to represent Daghestan in the Russian Soviet Federalist Socialist Republic's Supreme Soviet, defeating prominent Daghestani astronaut Magomed Tolboyev.

After the Soviet Union collapsed, Abdulatipov helped draft the new Russian Federation Constitution. In 1995, when the war in Chechnya had highlighted the whole range of problems Moscow faced in the North Caucasus, he drafted a complete nationalities strategy, on the basis of which Russian President Boris Yeltsin appointed him minister for nationality relations.

But in 2000, after the new war in Chechnya facilitated Putin's election to succeed Yeltsin as Russian president, Abdulatipov's star began to wane. In December 2000, he was named to represent the Saratov Oblast government in the Federation Council; then, in May 2005, he was appointed Russian ambassador to Tajikistan.

On completing that diplomatic posting in June 2009, Abdulatipov returned to academia as rector of a Moscow university. He commented sporadically and not always approvingly on the situation in the North Caucasus; and specifically in Daghestan in late 2010 he was one of the delegates to the Congress of Peoples of Daghestan convened by then-republican head Magomedsalam Magomedov.

In an interview on January 27, Abdulatipov signaled that he will continue to implement several of the policies launched by his predecessor, including encouraging members of the Islamic insurgency to lay down their arms and return to civilian life. But he also made clear that he will seek to minimize the struggle for influence between powerful Daghestani economic interest groups, whether based in Moscow or Makhachkala.

Asked whether he would work closely with the most prominent Moscow-based oligarchs, Suleiman Kerimov and brothers Ziyaudin and Magomed Magomedov (who are not related to Magomedsalam), Abdulatipov said that while he would welcome their "constructive contributions" toward revitalizing Daghestan's limping economy, there are any number of competent and experienced but lesser-known businessmen who are also willing to do so. A thousand small-business owners, he argued, are preferable to one or two oligarchs.

Analysts have suggested that either the Magomedovs or Kerimov may have sought to engineer Magomedov's ouster. But it seems equally, if not more, likely that Putin simply lost patience both with Magomedov and with the constant infighting over resources between the Moscow-based Daghestani economic heavyweights and their rivals in Makhachkala, each of which tried to secure the Kremlin's backing. Abdulatipov said he has met several times with Putin in the past several months, which suggests Magomedov's dismissal may have been planned for some time.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 29, 2013 19:58
For some strange reason his name resembles
Name in a Nostradamus predictions, but well,
Let's give it benefit of doubt, even emblems
Of Russian race hate likes symbolize hell.

Gorbachev also studied with Cheushesku
In party college - coaching him all too well
To prepare armies, snipe the Romanesku.
Actually all CIS leaders were in USSR hell,
Secretly mind-controlled by Russian dwell.

Sure, non-Russians try do something right
For their people present and feature. Putin
And his Russia consider that, thought pry
On nations - varying, between GRU booty
And more benevolent, Eltcin's CIS diluted.

They rise up the Abdulatipov, during Eltcin,
They made him down during Putin raiding
For conquering Caucasus and all Georgia.
He is risen again, as 2008 goals are failing,
Milder versus of "Quislings" are infiltrating.

Point is, "better" or "worse" Russian times
Not too different, behind of Russia is heavy,
Moving around, squash heads and "levies",
Expand pomeshiks's Empire upon nations,
By russified, or "oboroten'" assassinations.




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This blog presents analyst Liz Fuller's personal take on events in the region, following on from her work in the "RFE/RL Caucasus Report." It also aims, to borrow a metaphor from Tom de Waal, to act as a smoke detector, focusing attention on potential conflict situations and crises throughout the region. The views are the author's own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.