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Archive for April 19th, 2011

President Kadyrov About Being Muslim, Terrorists And Respect To Law

Posted by Info on 19/04/2011

The North Caucasus still remains the main terrorist hub in Russia. RT spoke with Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen republic to find out what is being done to combat the problem.

RT: We often hear about illegal armed groups being destroyed. The number of attacks on policemen is not decreasing though. Therefore, it seems like terrorist groups are rapidly increasing their numbers. In your estimation, how many terrorists are active in the North Caucasus at the moment?
RK: I can’t tell you about the entire Caucasus but as far as Chechens are concerned there are about 60 to 70 active.

RT: What drives young men from the Caucasus to join illegal armed groups?
RK: It is something that no one understands. I spoke to a man who was to become a suicide bomber. I asked why he wanted to do it. I told him: Islam is encouraged in the Chechen republic. Are you not allowed to build mosques or to take the hajj? Are you banned from wearing the hijab or observing Sawm? Most of the people who chose to become suicide bombers have psychological problems. They are ill, usually blind or deaf. They find these people, completely disconnected from the outside world, and use them.

RT: So it doesn’t have anything to do with the notion that gang members are more socially secure?
RK: Absolutely not. It used to be true, yes. There are rumors circulating now about terrorists being paid in dollars. Nothing of the sort is happening. They don’t have any money. They don’t even have a place to stay. They are always on the move, never stopping at any place for a long time. We conduct special operations to locate them but they are very hard to find, especially now that there are few of them left.

RT: You have spoken out against negotiating with terrorists – or, as you put it, criminals. Do you maintain that position to this day?
RK: Why negotiate? What do we have to talk about? …

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Russia: “Memorial”’s New Report on Human Rights in Dagestan

Posted by Info on 19/04/2011

The Human Rights Center «Memorial» presented the report “Magomedov’s new policy? The situation of Human Rights and attempts to consolidate the society in the Republic of Dagestan. March 2010 – March 2011”. The press conference participants were the authors Oleg Orlov, Chairman of the Board of “Memorial”; Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya; supervisor of the work in Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria and Svetlana Gannushkina, member of the Board of “Memorial”.

“Memorial” worked in Dagestan since 1999….tightly work since in 2007, and from this time .. the situation in the republic is getting worse: “Dagestan is becoming a scene of violence. On one hand the escalating violence is growing by the day, grow of terrorist menace and terrorist acts and on the other hand the illegal violence is continuing. The state is answering to terror with terror” Orlov said.

This report “Magomedov’s new policy?..”-is not tightly a human rights report, it also deals with political trends and mutual relations between religious communities and about establishing a dialog between the authorities and the religious communities. Notability is the fact that the position of the representatives of the moderate arm of the salafit community is described in the report, while they are often mistakenly called “vakhkhabits”. For getting peace and stability in Dagestan it is really important to take their suggestions and estimations into account, as the conflict in this republic has not only a political character but also a religious (in opposite to the Chechen Republic, for example).

Much attention is paid to the crimes of terrorists. In 2010 explosions took place on the beach, in a cafй, religious leaders were killed. Public dialog can effective as far as on the base of the denouncement of terrorism…more HERE

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Moscow Court Bans ‘Extremist’ Anti-migrant Group

Posted by Info on 19/04/2011

The Moscow City Court on Monday banned the activities of the Movement against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) as “extremist.”
This radical Russian supremacist group called for the creation of an armed border with the former Soviet Caucasus and Central Asian republics, for a curb on the inflow of illegal immigrants and pushed for a law that would require immigrants to pass language and social communication tests.
There are about 4-5 million of illegal (?) immigrants in Russia, the official number is not know.

Nationalist riots in Moscow four months ago triggered by the murder of an ethnic Russian football fan by an internal migrant from the North Caucasus have prompted the authorities to launch a crackdown on extremism and manifestations of racism.
Last week, a court in the Moscow region shut down a neo-pagan organization, The Power of Rus, for inflicting ethnic and social unrest.

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