Tag: Makhachkala

Man Detained at Sheremeytovo Airport with Explosive; 6 Killed, 4 Wounded in North Caucasus Conflicts

January 2, 2017

In year-end clashes between police and militants in the North Caucasus, 6 people killed and 4 wounded. A man with an explosive was stopped at Sheremeytovo Airport.

By Declaring Itself Part of ISIS, Caucasus Emirate May Lose Support, Yarlykapov Says

May 31, 2015

Staunton, May 27 – The leaders of the Caucasus Emirate have declared themselves part of ISIS, but such declarations, given that many Salafis in the North Caucasus view ISIS as not being an Islamic project — an attitude Russian officials need to promote and exploit — may have the effect of weakening the group there, […]

Ten Disturbing Developments In And Around Russia

March 2, 2015

Staunton, February 27 – Disturbing events are happening with such dizzying speed that it is impossible to keep up with all of them. Indeed, this flood seems to be part of the Kremlin’s strategy to overload everyone’s cognitive system so that no adequate assessment or response can be developed or employed. The last few days […]

Dagestan Becoming a ‘Second Syria,’ Moscow Analyst Says

November 23, 2014

Staunton, November 22 – Under the impact of Moscow media, Russians have become accustomed to thinking that anti-Russian militants in the North Caucasus are bearded men who fight in the forests. But recent events in Dagestan suggest, Vladislav Maltsev says, that in that republic, they are now an urban street movement capable of fighting local […]

DNA Testing for Disloyalty

November 12, 2013

A campaign has been launched in Dagestan to forcibly extract DNA samples from “unreliable” citizens, particularly Salafists. The campaign seems to be primarily aimed at women, in the wake of the October 21st bus bombing in Volgograd, conducted by the spouse of an established Dagestani militant. There are concerns that the terrorism threat is growing […]

Arrested Ex-Mayor May be Involved in Murder of Well-Known Dagestan Athlete

July 11, 2013

Investigators do not rule out that Musail Alaudinov could have been killed as a potential witness. In Dagestan there have been new developments in the murder case of Mr. Mussail Alaudinov, a 38-year old well-known athlete and the director of the “Gorets”, a well-known martial arts club. He was murdered on July 9 outside Makhachkala, […]

Amirov’s Attorneys Ask President to Save Him From Death in Prison

June 24, 2013

[In this article, the pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia reports on the status of Said Amirov, the ex-mayor of Makhachkala who has been incarcerated on charges of complicity in murder. Amirov’s lawyers have complained that he is being denied necessary medical treatment—Ed.] Defense attorneys acting for Said Amirov— the ex-Mayor of Makhachkala who was charged as an […]

Moscow Overhauls Governance Model for the Caucasus

June 10, 2013

[In this article, Yulia Latynina argues that arrest last week of the powerful Mayor of Makhachkala, Said Amirov, has signaled the FSB’s assertion of direct control in the republic of Dagestan. Latynina speculates that this is partly motivated by the desire to stem the growing power of salafists in the region.—Ed.] In a Hollywood movie-type, […]