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Terrorist leaders considered alive until proven dead - Medvedev

Published time: January 23, 2014 09:15
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the Moscow suburban Gorki residence during an interview with the CNN television channel. (RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Shtukina)

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the Moscow suburban Gorki residence during an interview with the CNN television channel. (RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Shtukina)

Answering a question about reports that the top Chechen terrorist Doku Umarov is dead, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev noted that law enforcers have not yet obtained solid proof of this.

I think that until the proof of death is presented for certain terrorists (I do not want to pronounce any names here), the special services must list them as alive. When such proof is presented the terrorist’s name must be taken off the list of the living,” Dmitry Medvedev made this statement during his recent interview with CNN.

The PM answered the question whether he possessed any information about the fate of Russia’s most wanted man – Doku Umarov. The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has repeatedly announced that this terrorist leader is dead.

On January 16, Kadyrov again reported that the security services had intercepted the terrorists’ radio communications in which they acknowledged the death of their leader and discussed possible candidacy of his successor.

Umarov last appeared alive in a video posted on the internet last summer. He called upon his supporters to step up terrorist activities in order to thwart the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.Umarov has not featured in any videos since then, but the terrorist underground has refused to acknowledge his death, at least in public statements.

Medvedev said that there was no terrorist threat to athletes and spectators arriving for the Sochi Olympics.

We are absolutely sure that we will be able to protect all athletes at the Olympics and I will repeat it, we will do our best to host the Olympics very well,” he stated. “Frankly, there are no more threats to the Olympics in Sochi than there are to Olympics in other places. The world is global. We know about the sad events that have taken place at sports events in other countries, including the United States, and it is unjust and wrong to say that all threats now concentrate around Sochi.”

Medvedev also noted that Russian and US special services have reached a good level of cooperation in providing security at the forthcoming Olympics.

Comments (11)


Aleksey Yeremenko 26.01.2014 17:38

Granini Shulbinsky 26.01.2014 11:23

Not complete sure on US's intention to cooperate for terrorists in other countries, especially if they prove to be useful for intervention against that country, say for example in the name of "protecting human rights".

What's worrying to humanity is this is another nemesis looming large on the already existing ones from US's slavery genocidal history...


Again another RT blogger. If you ever read world history you would know that slavery has existed and still exists through out the history of mankind everywhere.


Erich 26.01.2014 07:52

Political parties, politicians, people thinking they are doing good have always been the most dangrous terrorist on the planet and only compete with religion for more murders.

When are we going to start putting the true terrorist on a list? When will peoples common understanding become the realization many of these freedom fighting governments support conflict and murder of innocent people? Think about it people! How many times has O'Criminal signed a paper and blown up a wedding and then defended his actions? It's because they won't show us the pictures of the childrens body parts scattered over the ground.


cody 25.01.2014 20:45

he said about CNN terror activity . I would like see CNN dead

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