North Caucasus has trend towards ethnic, religious separatism – Deputy Prosecutor Grin

Moscow, August 9, 2012, Interfax – Radical Islam and other extremist trends have become a long-term factor of North Caucasian destabilization, which adds to the crime rate, Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin said in an interview the Prokuror (Prosecutor) magazine would publish.

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Muslim theologian, three parishioners killed in Dagestan attack

Makhachkala, August 28, 2012, Interfax – A female suicide bomber blew herself up at the house of Sufi sheikh Said Atsayev (al-Chirkavi).

Early reports suggest that he was killed, a source from Dagestan’s law enforcement authorities told Interfax.

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Daghestan Suicide Bomber Kills Venerated Sufi Sheikh

Liz Fuller
RFE/RL Caucasus Report
August 28, 2012

The killing on August 28 by a woman suicide bomber at his home of Sheikh Said-Afandi Chirkeisky will almost certainly take the spiraling violence and anarchy in Daghestan to a new level. Said-Afandi was the republic’s most venerated clergyman, eclipsing the head of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Daghestan, Akhmad-hadji Abdullayev. More important, his murids (disciples) included numerous government officials and thousands of members of the police and security services.

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Son of Chechen Warlord Dies Fighting Assad

By Nikolaus von Twickel
The Moscow Times
23 August 2012

The son of a prominent Chechen warlord was killed in Syria while battling President Bashar Assad’s troops, according to reports on three Russian-language websites linked to Islamist rebels.

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Umarov Names New Commander Of Insurgency In Daghestan

Liz Fuller
RFE/RL Caucasus Report
August 26, 2012

Six months after the death of Ibragimkhalil Daudov (Amir Salikh), self-styled Caucasus Emirate head Doku Umarov has issued a formal decree naming Daudov’s first deputy, Rustam Asildarov (Amir Abu Mukhammad), to succeed him as head of the Daghestan wing of the North Caucasus insurgency.

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A Caucasian Home as Designed by Tbilisi

Ivlian Haindrava
Russia in global affairs
April/June 2012

Georgia was the first sovereign state to recognize the genocide against the Circassians. However, the recognition did not occur all of a sudden; certain steps were made back in the 1990s by parliaments of the North Caucasian republics.

Until 2008, it was hard to say that Georgia had been conducting a prudent and coherent state policy towards the North Caucasus. The first president of Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, once proposed an idea of a “common Caucasian home,” but it was never materialized. Gamsakhurdia did not stay long in power to implement his plans, which were rather contradictory and often dangerous for the Georgian statehood. In addition, no one really understood on what foundation this “common Caucasian home” should be built and what it may look like. On top of that, Moscow countered this extravagant idea with the establishment in 1989 of a Confederation of Mountain Peoples of the Caucasus, headquartered in Sukhumi (later it was named the Confederation of the Peoples of the Caucasus).

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Government — the main source of instability in the northern Caucasus

Alexander Cherkasov
openDemocracy
22 August 2012

As violence in the north Caucasus hits the headlines again, Alexander Cherkasov sees the roots of the problem in the Russian government’s wilful misunderstanding of local issues and lack of strategy for dealing with them.

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