Russia's financial crisis - a trigger for regional instability

Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, one of many the Kremlin needs to keep onside (photo:dpa)
Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, one of many the Kremlin needs to keep onside (photo:dpa)

Bubbling insurgencies are likely to loom in former Soviet states as Russia – struggling with its economic crisis - becomes less able to fund their regimes. President Vladimir Putin will have to take a hard look at the Kremlin’s commitments to see whether it can continue to finance troubled areas in the Caucasus and breakaway provinces, and also sustain both Crimea and the proxy war it has been waging in eastern Ukraine.

RUSSIA, struggling with its economic crisis, will have to take a hard look at the financial commitments it has made to prop up loyalist regimes in the Caucasus and breakaway provinces, to fund Crimea, and finance the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

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