Experts sceptical about deployment of police forces in Dagestan

Experts in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan are sceptical about the deployment of 800 police officers from neighbouring Chechnya, the Russian Kavkazskiy Uzel website reported on 7 July.

"Local experts express their doubt whether a new built-up of the Interior Ministry troops in Dagestan will stabilize the situation in the republic," the website said.

The deputy director-general of the Dagestani newspaper Nastoyashcheye Vremya, Ruslan Gereyev, has said that the republic expected the redeployment as the forces in the republic are not enough for the authorities.

Gereyev was quoted as saying that the redeployment of the troops will continue until the federal forces achieve tangible successes. "The place of the killed (rebel) is instantly occupied. The region sinks in blood," Gereyev said.

The editor in-chief of another Dagestani newspaper, Mairbek Agayev, expressed his concern over the troops redeployed in the republic. He believes that the operation of 1,700 troops earlier deployed in the republic cannot be seen, however, the sphere of activities of the terrorists is expanding.

"It is not known where they actually work, but we can see acts of terrorists across the territory of the republic. Clashes take place even in those districts that were calm earlier. Despite concentration of major troops (law-enforcers) in Karabudakhkentskiy District, every day they find dugouts, explosives etc," Agayev was quoted as saying.


On 5 July, the chief of the Russian Interior Ministry’s department for the North Caucasus Federal District, Sergey Chenchik, stated that "given the current instability in Dagestan, another 800 law enforcers will be relocated to Dagestan from Chechnya by September 2012".

He added that amid the stabilization in Chechnya in the past three years, 1,771 law enforcement personnel were dispatched to Dagestan earlier, who were grouped into nine task forces and one combined special force. "These groups have been operating since 1 May in three districts of Dagestan, where the situation is particularly tense. The additional 800 personnel to be moved to Dagestan by September will be attached to blocking and control system checkpoints," Chenchik said.

Kavkazskiy Uzel recalled in its report on 7 July that over 20,000 members of power-wielding bodies were redeployed from the Khankala military base in Chechnya’s Groznyy into Dagestan in March 2012 and it quoted a source in the Chechen law-enforcement bodies as saying that the redeployment of troops had to do with the deterioration of the situation in Dagestan.

In February 2012, five independent operational groups comprising officers of the Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service, the Interior Ministry’s Internal Troops and other forces in Dagestan were set up to fight rebels and they were deployed in the most problematic districts, that is Derbentskiy, Kizilyurtovskiy, Tsumadinskiy, Tsuntinskiy and Khasavyurtovskiy districts.

Web user comments

The deployment of the police officers from Chechnya to Dagestan caused mixed reaction among web users. In a comment posted on the Kavkazskiy Uzel website on 7 July, user "alyaks" describes the material support for "the military contingent penetrated in the Caucasus" as a "greater blow to economy than crisis".

Later in the comment, the user added that "in general, the situation in the Caucasus is a glaring example of Russia’s incapacity".

In a comment posted on 6 July, user "AbduLlah" said that "Dagestan may become a synonym of a ‘military campus’ with such paces".

"They will fail in any way despite all their efforts," user "G.asdzzz" said in a comment posted on 6 July.

In a comment posted on 7 July, user "Getero" addressed Magomed Baachilov, the secretary of the Security Council of Dagestan, saying "as long as those like you are in power, chaos is guaranteed".

All comments were in Russian.

Source: website, Moscow, in Russian 7 Jul 12


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