Statistics of alleged rebels killed in Russia’s Caucasus republics compared

Text of report by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti

Nalchik, 26 July: Since the beginning of the year, personnel of the law-enforcement, defence and security agencies have killed 42 rebels, which is more than in Chechnya, but fewer than in Dagestan, the prosecutor’s office of the Kabarda-Balkar Republic reported on Thursday [26 July].

The Chechen interior minister reported on Tuesday [24 July] that in the first six months of 2012 personnel of the law-enforcement, defence and security agencies killed 27 rebels in the republic. Earlier, the Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate for the North Caucasus Federal District stated that more than 100 rebels were killed over the same period in Dagestan.

"Forty-two members and supporters of illegal armed formations were killed while law-enforcement bodies carried out operational-search activities following armed resistance put up by them during detention, 71 people were detained and made criminally liable for committing various crimes," the press release of the prosecutor’s office of the Kabarda-Balkar Republic said.

These crimes include participation in an illegal armed formation, assistance in such a formation’s activities, as well as illegal buying, keeping and carrying of firearms, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices.

At the same time, in the first half of the year 43 attempts on the lives of military servicemen and law-enforcement personnel (their number was 45 over the same period last year) and three attempts on the lives of people discharging justice and carrying out preliminary investigation (compared to one last year) were registered on the territory of Kabarda-Balkaria. As a result of these attacks, 12 people were killed and 22 injured.

The prosecutor’s office also mentioned that the activities of members of the bandit underground influenced the dynamics of murders in the republic. "Eight out of the 25 solved murders of civilians (32 per cent) were committed by religious extremists," the supervisory body clarified.

Source: RIA Novosti news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0641 gmt 26 Jul 12

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