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Translation: The press secretary of the Salafist mosque in Makhachkala has been either detained or kidnapped.
Kavpolit reported Magomedov as in custody of police and that riot police had taken part in his detention.
Neighbors said that police claimed to have found weapons in his car.
Reports indicate that he is under “mental and physical pressure” at the Interior Ministry’s Center for Prevention of Extremism.
They said Magomedov and Akhmed Chililov, founder of the newspaper Novoye Delo, filed a complaint April 10 to the prosecutor of Dagestan regarding unlawful police actions, saying that two policemen who were said to be intoxicated had barged into the building of a new mosque and ordered everyone present, mainly elderly people, to follow them, using swear words.
The Tangim mosque was one of the first not to support ISIS and has been in the media frequently, most recently due to the police break-in to the service.
Ekaterina Sokirianskaia of the International Crisis Group commented on Facebook that, “Step by step, the moderate Salafist field is being cleansed in Dagestan.”
For a background report on police crackdown on the Salafists in Dagestan, see Daniil Turovsky’s report in March.
The danger-zone mosques: Why the security police have declared war on Dagestani Salafism – Meduza
Over the past several months, law enforcement units in Dagestan have shut down Salafi mosques wherever worshipers profess ultraconservative Islam. Even the largest communities, found in Makhachkala, have been defenseless against the police, who believe the Salafi mosques are recruiting for the Islamic State.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Karayeva was said to have accomplished her mission by marrying an ISIS member who went by the name of Abu Muslim whom she was said to poison.
She was also said to be be responsible for the deaths of the following ISIS members: Adam Shakhbiyev, Artur Amriyev, Beslan Gochiyayev, Temurlan Tatarkulov, Valentin Dlugoborsky and Marina Urusuva. ISIS operatives were said to track her down by audio tapes of her conversations with her handlers at the FSB.
Russian officials have not made a comment on the story.
Last year, when a Russian citizen said to have served as a spy for Moscow was executed, Ramzan Kadyrov, currently acting leader of Chechnya, said he was set up by other ISIS fighters and confirmed he was killed. Earlier, social media indicated that he had sought a job in Kadyrov’s police forces.
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The following headlines were taken from LifeNews, Chronicle of Current Events, Navalny, RBC, 7:40 na Perrone, Svoboda, Kommersant and Financial Times.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick