4 april 2014
Four soldiers killed in Chechnya blast: Four soldiers were killed and seven wounded after an armored infantry combat vehicle hit a disguised explosive device on Thursday in Chechnya. (MT, EkhoMoskvy)
9 april 2014
FSB confirms North Caucasus militant leader's death: The head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Bortnikov on Tuesday confirmed the 'neutralization' of the activities of leader of the 'Imarat Kavkaz' ('Caucasus Emirate') terrorist organization Doku Umarov. Bortnikov also announced that law enforcement agencies had detained people suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks in Volgograd and Pyatigrosk in December 2013. (RG, RIAN)
10 april 2014
FSB says terrorist attack prevented in Sochi: (i) The head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Bortnikov said Wednesday that the FSB and foreign colleagues had prevented a terrorist attack in Sochi. Bortnikov mentioned joint actions by the FSB and colleagues from the US, Austria. France, Germany and Georgia in relation to a group of people who had planned to perpetrate terrorist attacks at the Olympic facilities in Sochi. (ii) The North Caucasus District Military Court has handed down sentences against five defendants, who had been found guilty of involvement in a September 2010 terrorist attack at a market in Vladikavkaz (North Ossetia) and other grave crimes. (Gazeta.ru, Kommersant, RG)
11 april 2014
Experts on poor state of Crimea's economy: According to the Russian rating agency Expert RA, the level of the development of Crimea is extremely low. For instance, its GDP per capita ratio is lower only in Ingushetia in the list of the Russian regions, and the size of investments is lower only in Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia and the Ivanovo region. The planned state and quasi-state investments in Crimea of RUR250 billion in the next 2-3 years are comparable to aggregated revenues of the whole North Caucasus Federal District. Expert RA believes that Crimea would be among the third main receivers of federal subsidies along with Ingushetia and Chechnya. (Vedomosti)
17 april 2014
Five militants killed in Dagestan: Law enforcement officials said that five militants have been killed in an operation in Makhachkala. (Kommersant)
25 april 2014
Makhachkala's former mayor goes on trial: The North Caucasus Military District Court has started hearing the case against former mayor of Makhachkala (capital of Dagestan) Said Amirov and his nephew, former deputy mayor of Kaspiisk Yusup Dzhaparov, who are accused of plotting a terrorist attack and an attempt on the life of the head of Dagestan's branch of the Pension Fund Sagid Murtazaliyev. (Izvestia, Kommersant, RG)
Izvestia, 25 April
Egor Kholmogorov argues that the current Kiev authorities are acting not only against the interests of their nation, but against the interests of themselves as well. According to the author, Moscow has used a set of complex diplomatic, political and psychological instruments of leverage in order to convince Kiev in the need of dialogue. However, the latter has not responded adequately- mainly due to an orchestrated pressure from the US.
According to the author, it is absolutely misleading and false to think that by 'acting decisively' in the Eastern part of Ukraine, Russia could provoke a 'second Chechnya'.
In conclusion, Kholmogorov states that the sanctions against the winner (especially when the winner is a nuclear power) are not effective, whereas sanctions against the defeated could be tragic. The author, thus, calls on Putin to leave aside the indecisiveness and 'start the hunting'.
Four militants killed in Dagestan: The National Antiterrorism Committee said Thursday that a group of militants and their accomplices [two men and two women] had been killed in an operation in Dagestan's town of Khasavyurt. According to some reports, a potential female suicide bomber was among the militants who had been killed. (Kommersant)
28 april 2014
Five militants killed in Dagestan: Law enforcement officials said that up to five militants have been killed in an operation in the Dagestani town of Derbent on Saturday. (Gazeta.ru, Kommersant, MT)
Regional finances deteriorate: According to the Audit Chamber, the overall deficit of the regional budgets doubled over the year to more than RUR640 billion. The number of region-donors shrank by almost two times, from 19 regions in 2005 to 10 in 2013. While in 2012, ten regions were able to cover their expenditures from their own revenues, without federal centre's subventions, there are now only four such regions, which are the Moscow region, Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Nenets Autonomous Region. Federal budget subventions now constitute 60% of budget revenues of Kamchatka, Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Altay and Tuva.