Islamists trained in Lebanon killed in N. Caucasus – Patrushev

2012-06-01 11:21:00

Moscow, June 1, Interfax – Russian security forces have killed islamists who were trained in Lebanon, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said.

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Remembering Natalia Estemirova, and Why Her Courage Lives On

Tanya Lokshina
Huffington Post
Posted: 07/15/2012 11:06 am

I was rushing to a meeting when a call from Radio Liberty made me stand still: "Miss Lokshina, is it true that you showed a graphic photograph of five killed Chechen children to President Bush when he was in St. Pete for the 2006 G8 summit? Why did you do it? Why this particular case? Do you still remember it?"

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No Chechens among “soldiers of fortune” in Syria

Konstantin Garibov
Voice of Russia
Jul 24, 2012

On Monday, the leader of Russia’s Chechen republic in his Twitter micro-blog denied the reports in some mass media that Chechens were fighting in Syria.

Earlier some TV channels showed a video made after the seizure of a check point on the Syrian-Turkish border by the oppositional forces. That video had a comment saying that among the volunteers who were fighting against Bashar Assad were people from North Africa, Saudi Arabia and Chechnya. The video showed insurgents under the flag of al-Qaeda. Later the Saudi newspaper al-Sharq referring to the sources in Jordan’s special services reported that the total number of al-Qaeda insurgents who were fighting on the side of the Syrian opposition was not less than 6,000. The director of the Institute for Partnership of Civilizations under the Moscow State Institute of International Relations Veniamin Popov notes that only a month ago, the US sources gave a figure of only 700 people.

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Tatar officials are powerless before Wahabis, republic turns into second Dagestan – expert

2012-07-26 16:34:00

Kazan, July 26, Interfax – Head of the Volga Region Center for Regional, Ethnical and Religious Research at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Rais Suleimanov is convinced that an attempt on Tatar mufti Ildus Faisov’s life and assassination of his deputy Valiulla Yakupov were made by Wahabis.

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Custodial term of Uzbek suspect in attacks on Tatarstan spiritual leaders upheld

2012-07-27 11:49:00

Kazan, July 27, Interfax – The Supreme Court of Tatarstan has upheld a two-month custodial term handed down to Uzbek citizen Abdunazim Ataboyev, who is accused of being involved in the attacks on Tatarstan’s spiritual Muslim leaders.

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Tajik authorities investigate death of Islamic Revival Party functionary in Gorno-Badakhshan

2012-07-30 14:47:00

Dushanbe, July 30, Interfax – Head of the local organization of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan Sabzali Mamadrizoyev was found dead after the Tajik police operation in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region. He died a violent death, the party’s website reported on Monday.

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Three suspected murderers of Muslim figure Mekhtiyev detained in Moscow

2012-07-31 10:05:00

Moscow, July 31, Interfax – The investigation has detained three accomplices in the murder of Muslim religious figure Metin Mekhtiyev in the center of Moscow last April, spokesman for the Moscow division of the Investigative Committee of Russia Viktoria Tsyplenkova has said.

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