Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Violence Remains ‘Chronic Problem’ in Russia’s North Caucasus

Posted by Info on 20/08/2011

The U.S. Department of State in its annual report on global terrorism threats:
“Terrorist attacks in Russia continued to emanate from the ongoing unrest in the North Caucasus,” the report, released on Thursday, said. “Radical militants calling for a Caliphate within the Caucasus continued to constitute the main terrorist threat.”
A total of 529 terrorist attacks, which killed 218 people and injured 536 others, were registered in Russia as of mid-December last year.
The bloodiest of the attacks were carried out in Russian capital on March 29, when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Moscow’s busy metro during morning rush hour, killing 40 people and injuring some 100 others. Other major terrorist attacks occurred in the volatile North Caucasus region, particularly in the republics of Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Chechnya, and Kabardino-Balkaria.
“While these attacks were designed to cause mass civilian casualties, far more numerous were attacks targeting security forces and government facilities in the region.”

Last year Dmitry Medvedev signed amendments to the country’s Criminal Code increasing punishment for perpetrating a terrorist attack and promoting terrorist activities. In July, Russia amended its anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing regulations as part of the government’s fight against terrorism.

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