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A top aide to President Vladimir Putin said that "[f]or the moment, Russia is working actively to avoid any kind of scenario involving force," in response to reports of an imminent US strike on Assad regime targets in Syria. Russia is continuing to supply the regime with weapons. Experts say the deployment of two Russian ships to the area is mainly a political, symbolic gesture.
A court in Tatarstan ruled that the writings of Faizrakhman Sattarov, the 84-year-old founder of a banned radical Islamic sect, "incite interreligious hatred and contradict traditional Islamic teachings." The Faizrakhman sect, which rejects Russian law, was discovered last year living in an eight-level catacomb underneath the leader's house.
Security forces claimed to have killed nine suspected Islamist militants during a raid in the city of Buinaksk in Dagestan. Among those killed was a prominent militant leader, Bammatkhan Sheikhov. The militants were linked to number of killings, including the murder of the imam of the main mosque in Buinaksk.
Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov has released a series of statements over the past few weeks, in which he defends the creation of the Caucasus Emirate but notes that it has few fighters in the mountains of Chechnya and many Chechen jihadists have gone to Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Russia is planning to impose a ban on the publication of bombmaking instructions in online or print media. Russia and China recently completed an antiterrorism war game exercise.