Vladimir Putin has replaced the presidential envoy in the North Caucasus district and ordered a dedicated ministry for North Caucasus affairs be set up, headed by the former governor of the Krasnoyarsk Region.
Websites of several Russian state TV channels have been hit by a large cyberattack suspected to partly come from Kiev. Anonymous Caucasus claimed it was responsible for hacking Channel One TV’s site, saying it had “nothing” to do with Ukraine.
The heinous terrorist attacks in Volgograd in recent days are merely the latest chapter in a terrorist war aimed at destabilizing Russia politically and economically, while tearing at the very fabric of Russian society.
In the wake of Volgograd suicide bombings which killed over 30 people, the Caucasus region has been thrown back into the spotlight. But the attacks actually reflect a widening of the terror campaign, James Corbett, editor of The Corbett Report, told RT.
Children in Russia’s Republic of Dagestan have found a new form of entertainment: making threatening videos and sending them to adults. Armed with toy weapons, the kids imitate the behavior of militants while demanding money, good grades at school.
The leader of Russia’s nationalist LDPR party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, may face criminal charges for “inciting ethnic and religious hatred” following his proposal to implement birth control in the North Caucasus as an anti-terrorist measure.
The 30-year-old female suicide bomber responsible for the deadly blast in Volgograd, central Russia, was a Dagestani national and allegedly the wife of a militant. She reportedly converted her husband to radical Islam to join the Dagestan rebels.
Police are investigating the murder of a prominent Muslim cleric in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. The local religious leader’s deputy was shot six times, including a ‘proof round’ to the head.
A head teacher of a school in Russia’s North Caucasus region banned five Muslim girls from attending classes while wearing a hijab. Indignant parents filed suits at a local prosecutor’s office over the issue.
“The Batal folk? They won’t talk to you. First of all, you’re a stranger. Secondly, you’re a woman,” my local friends warned, describing the fellowship as a “sect” that had subdued local businesses and regular seized private cars from owners at will.