Independent researcher on Russia, post-soviet space, and political Islam
Rahim holds MA in International Relations from the Hult International Business School in London, UK, and BA in Arab Studies from the Baku State University. He speaks English, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, and Azerbaijani.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the two Russia-backed breakaway regions of Georgia were recognized by Russia as independent states following the Russia-Georgia war of August, 2008 in a hasty and emotional rather than rational move. The recognition must be reviewed in the light of the annexation of Crimea and the two brutal and bloody wars Russia had waged against its own breakaway region Chechnya.