Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

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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