Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Dagestan Plans To Form Military Units From Local Residents To Fight Militants

Posted by Info on 14/08/2010

Authorities in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan are planning to form military units enlisting local residents to fight militants in remote mountainous areas of the region.
Dagestan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Rizvan Kurbanov said that at least two “ethnic” battalions would be deployed in the mountains “to maintain order in the areas where the militants were highly active.”

We expect the local personnel to be more effective because, unlike the federal troops, they know all the roads in the mountains and can tell the difference between traditional Islam believers and the extremists even by their appearance.”

President Dmitry Medvedev approved the formation of a “special unit comprising at least 800 people” to conduct military operations in Dagestan .

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