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Karimulla Ibragimov, a Muslim cleric who served as an imam to an unregistered and radical congregation, was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in the town of Derbent in Dagestan. At least five Muslim leaders have been killed in Dagestan so far this year.
At least two Islamic militants and a Russian security force member were killed during a raid in the city of Kazan in Tatarstan against the suspected assassins of two moderate Muslim leaders. A Russian general has alleged that "Syrian militants have foreign portable anti-aircraft missile systems, including those made in the USA" and asked who supplied the weapons.
Some 1,000 copies of a leaflet asking Chechens to support the "mujaheds" and "remain steadfast" have been circulated in Grozny. It makes no mention of the Caucasus Emirate or its leader, Doku Umarov, but urges the defense of the Islamic faith and freedom for Chechnya from Russia.
The national antiterrorism agency claimed that operations against insurgents in Kabardino-Balkariya and Daghestan have killed 49, including nine local leaders, and destroyed 90 insurgent bases; security forces have also detained scores more. President Putin vowed to track down Doku Umarov, the leader of the Caucasus Emirate, which has threatened to target the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
President Putin warned his security services of rising terrorist threats. Left-wing activists are being arrested for "causing disorder." Putin claimed that in the past several months, "479 militants were detained, and 313 terrorists, who refused to surrender, were killed, including 43 leaders," mainly in the north Caucasus region.
The state arms export agency denied any connection with the Syrian jet intercepted yesterday in Turkey. The Kremlin said it would not renew the 20-year-old US-Russia pact on nuclear and chemical weapons. Russia warned it would not cooperate with NATO on Afghanistan after 2014 unless NATO's operations there receive UN Security Council backing.