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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said security forces are training to counter threats from jihadists who claim "that after Syria they will migrate to the North Caucasus and engage in terrorist and subversive activities." Chechen authorities have banned funeral ceremonies for anyone killed in Syria; a senior Chechen immigration official was sacked because his daughter had joined the Syrian rebels. Experts say well over 400 Russians are fighting with al Qaeda forces in Syria. The top federal investigator in Chechnya resigned after eight months. Security forces conducted a counterterroism raid in Kabardino-Balkaria and killed a suspected militant in a shootout in Dagestan.
Two suspected Islamist militants and one policeman were killed in a shootout in Ingushetia. Security forces killed three militants in Dagestan on Nov. 26.
Authorities arrested 15 members of the banned Islamist militant group At-Takfir Wal-Hijra in east Moscow. The Interior Ministry said the cell was discovered during ongoing investigations into criminal activity, not terrorism; the al Qaeda-linked group was allegedly funding its activities through crime. A quantity of weapons and explosives was confiscated, including grenades, IEDs, handguns, and bomb components, along with extremist literature.
Wanted Dagestani militant Ruslan Kazanbiev was killed in a shootout with police in Makhachkala on Nov. 19. Two policemen and a passerby were also killed in the clash, and another policeman was injured. Authorities have surrounded the house where three of Kazanbiev's associates are hiding.
Dmitri Sokolov, the husband of Volgograd bus bomber Naida Asiyalova, was killed in a shootout with security forces in a village outside the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala; four other militants were killed with him. During negotiations with police before refusing to surrender, Sokolov admitted to making the bomb detonated by Asiyalova; he is also suspected in another suicide bomb attack in May. Earlier this month police detained a man with a suicide belt in Stavropol.
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.
Russia backed a UN Security Council statement urging Syria to allow more humanitarian relief into the country. In three separate incidents in Dagestan, five policemen, three civilians, and four militants were killed. Officials named three suspects in the assassination of Ingushetia's head of security. Two suspected Caucasus Emirate militants died in a shootout with security forces in Kabardino-Balkaria on Sept. 30.
Russia has offered to guard sites in Syria where chemical weapons will be destroyed, but will not allow Syria's chemical weapons to be transferred to Russia for disposal. Security forces in Dagestan last week killed five alleged militants, including a woman, in a shootout at a house in Derbent; and also killed Kadar insurgency leader Tagir Sulebanov, as well as his father and an associate, in Makhachkala. Daghestan Supreme Court Judge Mukhtar Shapiyev and his son were fatally shot in Makhachkala on Sept. 25.
Foreign Minister Lavrov has claimed that homemade sarin was used in a chemical attack in Aleppo on March 19, and that a similar but stronger concentration of sarin was used in the Aug. 21 attack in Damascus. Lavrov said that an "understanding" between Russia and the US has been reached on a draft UN resolution on Syria. The Supreme Court of Tatarstan sentenced Taufik Baibekov to nine and a half years in prison for planning terrorist attacks in the republic; he was arrested in August 2012.
A suicide bomber killed two policemen and seriously injured two more in an attack outside a police headquarters in Khuchni in Dagestan. Chechnya's interior minister said that Chechen jihadists are entering Syria via Turkey and Azerbaijan. President Putin said Russia would offer security assistance to Tajikistan along its Afghan border; he also warned that any foreign military intervention in Syria would be "aggression" that violated international law. Russia formally handed over control of the Bushehr nuclear plant to Iran.
Russia offered to send a small detachment of observers to Syria to help with the destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal. Foreign Minister Lavrov accused the US, UK, and France of trying to "blackmail" Russia by threatening to pull out of the chemical weapons disposal deal unless Russia supports a UN resolution authorizing military action against the Assad regime. He said the US and Russia previously agreed that there would be no UN resolution until the OCPW issues a statement on Syria's chemical arsenal.
President Putin said he could not be "100 percent" sure the Assad regime would follow through on the deal to surrender its chemical arms but that recent moves by the regime "inspire confidence." Defense Minister Shoigu said Russia does not currently plan to dispose of Syrian chemical weapons on its own territory under the Russian-US deal.
Foreign Minister Lavrov said Syria has recently given him evidence that the rebels conducted the gas attack in Damascus on Aug. 21; he promised to turn it over to the UN. The president's chief of staff said Russia has never supplied warheads with sarin to any country, and that the type of rocket with Cyrillic lettering cited in the UN report on the gas attack was made in the 1950s and 1960s and supplied to many countries, including Libya.