Russia's Caucasus, long synonymous with violence, is struggling to overturn the stereotype. With football and glamorous celebrity parties gilding the region’s tarnished image, it seems the Caucasus’ PR machine is achieving its goals.
Russian investigators want Turkey to confirm the identities of two men shot dead in Istanbul in September, who may have had links to the bombing of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. There has been speculation that the Kremlin was behind the Istanbul hit.
Death toll from Chechen attacks climbs to 9
The death toll from the suicide attacks in the Russian republic of Chechnya on August 30 has climbed to nine, Interfax news agency quoted Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev as saying on Wednesday.
One police officer has been killed and two others wounded in a gunfight with militants in Russia's republic of Chechnya. Up to a dozen armed militants are trying to shake off the pursuit in a hard-to-reach forested area.