CrisisWatch N°124


01 December 2013

Suspected main organiser of Oct Volgograd bombing Dmitry Sokolov and 4 other militants killed 16 Nov during counter-terrorism operation (CTO) in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Security forces began anti-terrorist trainings ahead of Sochi Olympics. Increase in CTOs in Dagestan; almost daily security incidents: 3 militants killed in Makhachkala 27 Nov; 2 militants and 2 women killed during special operation in Novosasitli, Khasavyurt district 20 Nov; 2 police killed in Kumtorkalinsky district 14 Nov; 1 killed in terrorist attack on department store in Makhachkala 8 Nov; 3 militants including Levashinsky insurgent group leader killed 4 Nov during operation in Laksky district; In Kabardino-Balkaria 4 suspected militants killed in Baksan district 18, 20 Nov. Leader of Plievskaya insurgent group and another militant killed in Ingushetia 27 Nov. Sustained pressure on Salafi communities in Dagestan: 40 Salafis detained in Makhachkala 14 Nov; 6 injured in 15 Nov brawl when Salafis were denied entrance to mosque in Leninkent near Makhachkala. Tensions rose over land disputes: ethnic Kumyks protested after 11 Nov detention of 15 activists in Karaman, Dagestan; following long-term conflict with republican authorities ethnic Balkars took over distribution of land in Beleya Rechka village 18-19 Nov. Justice official Zainutdin Madanov gunned down 4 Nov in Makhachkala; fourth judge killed in N Caucasus this year. Moscow court 11 Nov sentenced 3 Ingushetians to life imprisonment for Jan 2011 Domodedovo Airport attack. Police detained 15 members of extremist Islamist organisation Al-Takfir Wal-Hijra in Moscow 27 Nov.