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President Putin has approved a new law making a terrorist's family financially responsible for damage caused by terrorism. The law permits security forces to take action against a "terrorist association" without evidence that its members are planning terrorist acts. Two men shot and killed a judge in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, on Nov. 4. Russian authorities are cracking down on militancy in the Caucasus region ahead of the Winter Olympics, closing madrassas and even taking saliva DNA tests of conservative Muslim women for identification if they become suicide bombers; some 49 such bombers, called "Black Widows," have detonated in Russia in the past 13 years.
Two bombs targeting a liquor store in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, killed one person and injured at least 10 more. A shootout between police and suspected Islamist militants in Kabardino-Balkaria yesterday left one policeman and two militants dead.
A bomb attack killed an Investigative Committee member in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, and an IED detonated near a military convoy on Dagestan's Khasavyurt-Babayurt motorway. A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a mosque in Volgograd, and several of them set fire to the house of an Islamic cleric in the city on Oct. 22. The families of two Kazakh jihadists in Syria are asking authorities to help bring the two men home. Video was released of a Russian engineer kidnapped in Syria; authorities are checking its authenticity; another Russian citizen was reportedly kidnapped in Syria earlier this month.
Two people died in an explosion near a mosque in the village of Dygulubgey near Baksan in Kabardino-Balkaria yesterday, in what may have been a premature detonation. Russia's Investigative Committee said it was a suicide bombing. Police said the terrorists had been preparing to attack a funeral procession.
The Federal Investigative Committee said a plot by Islamist militants to attack the Maradykovsky chemical weapons storage and disposal facility in the Kirov region has been foiled; authorities arrested two young men from the North Caucasus, and seized bomb components and extremist literature. Arsonsists attacked a mosque in the Crimea, the second such attack in two days.
Foreign Minister Lavrov claimed that other countries are training Syrian rebels in Afghanistan to use chemical weapons for false-flag operations in Syria. The activity is taking place in Afghan areas not controlled by the government, he alleged. He also claimed that the Al Nusrah Front may be planning to smuggle toxic chemicals into Iraq for attacks there. Russia has also alleged that the Aug. 21 gas attack in Damascus was carried out by Saudi Arabian intelligence working with the Islamist group Liwa Al-Islam. A judge and a businessman from Chechnya were found murdered in Kabardino-Balkaria.
Authorities disrupted an organized crime operation that smuggled arms from Georgia to North Ossetia; 15 such operations have been reported in the past three years. At least three consignments were destined for the North Caucasus insurgency. Foreign Minister Lavrov said the Geneva II conference on Syria should not include extremist groups. The parliament may soon consider an antiterrorism bill that would make a terrorist's relatives responsible for the damage caused by the terrorist.