Caucasus Security Brief

The Caucasus Security was an update and assessment that ran from May-July 2010.

Caucasus Security Brief – May 15 to May 20, 2010

Pro-Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus website announces successor to Anzor Astemirov; Russian Auditing Chamber Head demands budget transparency in N. Caucasus; President Medvedev meets with NGOs and human-rights activists, discusses N. Caucasus conflict; Medvedev approves N. Caucasus Council of the Elders; 30-kg bomb defused in Dagestan; two militants killed in southern Dagestan; serviceman dies during Chechen forest sweep; police officer dies while defusing bomb in Grozny; two senior policemen shot dead in Dagestan; traffic officer injured in shootout with gunmen in Dagestan; local police guard injured in ambush in Nalchik; militants attack police station in Nazran.

Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus (IEC) Press Statements

  • Kavkaz Center, a pro-IEC website and frequent IEC mouthpiece, announced “Amir Abdullah” Asker Dzhalluyev’s (alt. spelling Dzhappuyev) as the new commander and governor of the joint velayat [province] of Kabarda, Balkaria, and Karachay following the death of Anzor Astemirov.[1]

Medvedev and transparency, corruption in N. Caucasus

  • The chairman of the Russian Federation (RF) Auditing Chamber, Sergei Stepashin, stated that transparency in federal budget spending in the North Caucasus should be a key priority in a meeting on May 20 with regional leaders including the president of the Ingush Republic, Yunus-bek Yevkurov.[2]

  • Russian President Dimitry Medvedev met with representatives of non-governmental organizations operating in the North Caucasus, including prominent human-rights activists, in the Kremlin on May 19.[3]  Medvedev reiterated his view that corruption, unemployment, low standards of life, and youth disenfranchisement fuel the region’s militant insurgency and pose a direct threat to Russia’s national security.[4]

  • Medvedev also gave his tacit approval for the formation of a Council of the Elders in the North Caucasus.[5]

Russian Anti-Militant Activities

  • Police successfully defused a 30-kilogram bomb found in an empty house along the Agvali-Echeda motorway in Tsumadinski District, Dagestan, according to a source from the Dagestani law enforcement agencies.  Electric detonators and ammunition were also confiscated at the location.[6]

  • Two militants died near Derbent, Dagestan, after two separate operations overnight on May 18, according to Dagestani Interior Ministry officials.[7]

Militant Operations and Other Incidents of Violence

  • One serviceman died from a bomb blast as his unit swept the woods for insurgents, according to Chechen Interior Ministry spokesman Magomed Deniyev.[8]

  • One policeman died and another was injured while attempting to diffuse a bomb in the Chechen capital of Grozny, on May 18.  One civilian was also hospitalized from the blast.[9]

  • Assailants killed two senior-ranking policemen – a district investigation department chief and criminal police chief – in Yaruk-su, Novolaksk District, Dagestan, on May 17, according to a source in the Prosecutor General’s Office (SKP).[10]

  • Militants shot and injured a traffic police officer in downtown Kaspiisk, Dagestan, on May 17, escaping by car unharmed, according to the Dagestani Interior Ministry press service.[11]

  • Unknown gunmen shot and injured a police officer who was responding to an alarm at an employment center in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, on May 15, according to police reports.[12]

  • Local police source said unknown gunmen fired grenades at a police station in Nazran, Ingushetia, in the early hours of May 15. No injuries were reported, but the building suffered damage.[13]

[1] “New rebel commander appointed in Russia's North Caucasus,” BBC Monitoring Trans Caucasus Unit, May 17, 2010,
[2] “Budget financing should be controlled strictly in N Caucasus- view,” ITAR-TASS, May 20, 2010,
[3] “Caucasus insurgency a growing threat to Russia: Medvedev,” Agence France Presse, May 19, 2010,
[4] “Russian president's opening remarks at meeting with NGOs on North Caucasus,” BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union – Political, May 20, 2010,
[5] “Medvedev backs idea to create Council of Elders in North Caucasus,” ITAR-TASS, May 19, 2010,
[6] “Powerful Bomb Defused in Dagestan,” ITAR-TASS, May 20, 2010,
[7] “2 police, 2 rebels killed in Dagestan,” Associated Press Worldstream, May 18, 2010,
[8] “Official: Bomb blast in Chechen forest kills Russian serviceman,” Canadian Press, May 20, 2010,
[9] “Policeman dies in blast in Grozny,” ITAR-TASS, May 18, 2010,
[10] “Two policemen killed, one more injured in Dagestan(adds),” ITAR-TASS, May 18, 2010,
[11] “Policeman injured in shootout in Dagestan's Kaspiisk,” ITAR-TASS, May 18, 2010,
[12] “One injured in clashes in Russia's North Caucasus,” Global Times, May 16, 2010,
[13] “Grenades fired at police headquarters in Russia’s Ingushetia,” RIA Novosti, May 15, 2010,
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