Persoverzicht Tsjetsjenië - mei 2012

Persoverzicht Tsjetsjenië - mei 2012

10 mei 2012

Investigation of Dagestan blasts: (i) Press reports on an investigation of the 3 May twin suicide bombings in Makhachkala which claimed the lives of at least 13 people. According to a preliminary inquiry, the attacks could have been carried out by the Aliyev brother and sister – Rizvan and Muslimat. Both have been on the wanted list. (ii) The Prosecutor General's Office said in a report that 58 people had been killed and more than 300 wounded in terrorist attacks in Russia in 2011. (Izvestia, Kommersant, MN, Vedomosti)

11 mei 2012

Terrorist plot on Sochi foiled – National Antiterrorist Committee: (i) The National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) said in a statement on Thursday that Russian and Abkhaz special services had foiled a terrorist plot on Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, accusing North Caucasus militant leader Doku Umarov of maintaining contacts with the Georgian special services. Kommersant reports that according to the Abkhaz Security Council, cashes of weapons and ammunition had been discovered in Abkhazia during an investigation of a February assassination attempt on Abkhaz de facto President Alexander Ankvab. (ii) Two law enforcement officers were killed and seven others were injured in a clash with militants yesterday in Dagestan's Kizlyar district. (Gazeta.ru, Kommersant, RG)

14 mei 2012

Turkish mercenary killed in Dagestan: The National Antiterrorist Committee said that the leader of the so-called Sergokala gang, a Turkish national known as 'Sheikh Abdusalam', was killed in an operation in Dagestan on Saturday. (Kommersant)

15 mei 2012

Seven militants killed in Dagestan: The National Antiterrorist Committee announced on Monday that seven militants, including a 'Sharia judge' Magomed Makhmudov, were killed in an operation which has been conducted in Dagestan's Kizlyar district since 10 May. (Interfax)

17 mei 2012

Suspected organizer of Makhachkala blasts killed in Dagestan: Leader of the Makhachkala gang Gusein Mamayev (known as 'Khamza') was killed in a counter-terrorist operation on Tuesday in Dagestan. The National Antiterrorist Committee said Mamayev had been suspected of organizing twin blasts in Makhachkala on 3 May, which killed 13 people and injured 100. (Kommersant)

18 mei 2012

Chechen government dismissed: Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has dismissed the Chechen government. Some experts view the move as an attempt to avoid a possible cut in federal budget subsidies to the region (Moscow Times). (Gazeta.ru, MN, MT)

21 mei 2012

Seven militants killed in Dagestan; protest held near police station in Makhachkala: (i) Seven militants, including the leader of the Khasavyurt gang Aslan Mamedov (nicknamed 'Muas'), were killed in counterterrorist operations over the weekend in Dagestan (Kommersant). Media report on riots outside a police station in Makhachkala on Saturday to protest against the detention of a suspected militant. According to Moskovskie Novosti, up to 200 people participated in the protest. Police detained 11 rioters. (ii) The Moscow City Court on Friday sentenced to ten years imprisonment Zeinap Suyunova, who had been found guilty of planning to carry out a suicide bomb attack on Moscow's Red Square on 31 December 2010 or 1 January 2011. (Gazeta.ru, Kommersant, MN, Novye Izvestia)

22 mei 2012

New Government formed:President Vladimir Putin has signed decrees on the structure and composition of the new Government. Both Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev promised that the Government would significantly change. Three-fourths of the Cabinet members have been replaced: there are 15 newcomers in the Cabinet. Press mentions among serious structural changes the split of the Health and Social Development Ministry into the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development Ministry and the creation of a Ministry for Far East Development. There will be seven Deputy PMs in the new Cabinet. Igor Shuvalov was appointed First Deputy PM; Vladislav Surkov Deputy PM, Government Chief of Staff; Dmitry Kozak, Dmitry Rogozin, Arkady Dvorkovich and Olga Golodets Deputy PMs and Alexander Khloponin Deputy PM, Presidential envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District. Viktor Ishayev has been appointed Minister for Far East Development. He will also keep the post of Presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District. Alexander Novak has been appointed new Energy Minister. Until now, Novak has been Deputy Finance Minister. As anticipated by the press, Andrey Belousov became new Economic Development Minister. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov, Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov are among those who retained their posts. The youngest Minister is Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov, 29. Special attention is paid to the appointment as Culture Minister of historian and the author of popular books about myths about Russia Vladimir Medinsky. Experts, contacted by RBK daily, are cautious in their assessment of the new Cabinet, calling it a 'Government of deputy ministers'. Vedomosti writes in an editorial that only three Cabinet members (Rogozin, Khloponin and new Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov) have political experience. Observers note that unpopular ministers have been replaced by new personalities who will pursue the course of the previous Cabinet. Rashid Nurgaliyev, who has been Interior Minister since 2004 and was perceived as the most unpopular Minister, was replaced by Moscow police chief Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Unpopular former Education and Science Minister Andrey Fursenko was replaced by Dmitry Livanov. Meanwhile, former Ministers are receiving posts in the Presidential Administration. Experts, contacted by Vedomosti, cast doubts about the new Government's ability to implement reforms and believe that the key decisions will be made in the Kremlin as President Putin will maintain control over the Government. (All media; see also economic headlines and the list of Cabinet members below; the text of Putin's decrees is available on the websites: http://www.kremlin.ru/acts/15389

http://news.kremlin.ru/media/events/files/41d3ee890a5ef91a6b27.pdf)

28 mei 2012

Duma deputies call on chief investigator to speed up probe into Dagestan journalist's death: A group of Duma deputies from United Russia, the Communist Party, Fair Russia and the LDPR have called on Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin to intensify efforts to solve the murder of Dagestan journalist Gadzhimurad Kamalov, who was killed in Makhachkala in December 2011. (Kommersant)

30 mei 2012

Dagestan deputy sports minister killed in Makhachkala:Dagestan's Deputy Sports Minister Nasyr Gadzhikhanov was killed in an attack on Tuesday evening in Makhachkala. (Interfax, Lenta.ru, RIAN)

31 mei 2012

Resort cluster in North Caucasus:Russia's North Caucasus regions refused to approve the concept to create a resort cluster in the North Caucasus, which had been formulated by the JSC Resorts of the North Caucasus. They disagreed with the size of the cluster, and complained that the federal centre should invest more in the infrastructure. The business plan of the project is being prepared by Ernst & Young. (Izvestia)

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