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Feb 22, 2011

Arab unrest inspires Russian insurgents: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev conjured the specter of decades of strife and hardline rule in the Arab world on Tuesday to warn that Islamist insurgents were trying to rip Russia apart.

In his first major comments on the unrest that has shaken authoritarian rulers across North Africa and the Middle East, Medvedev said that some countries could fall apart and this could affect Russia, home to some 20 million Muslims.

Feb 21, 2011

Russia wants tourism halted at ski resort after attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s envoy to its volatile North Caucasus region called Monday for tourism to be halted at the country’s most popular ski resort, where three Moscow tourists were gunned down by suspected Islamist rebels.

Security has been heightened since the Friday night shoot-out and a spate of other attacks including blowing up a cable-car and killing a policeman and an official in Kabardino-Balkaria in the mainly Muslim North Caucasus, where Moscow is failing to quell an Islamist insurgency.

Feb 18, 2011

Russian leader warns of threats to Sochi Olympics

MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev pointed
the finger at Georgia on Friday as he spoke about security
threats to the Russian 2014 Winter Olympics, in remarks likely
to anger the nation with which it fought a brief war in 2008.
“Forces that would impede holding the Olympics must be
identified and brought to justice, if we are talking about
citizens of our country,” Medvedev told his Security Council at
a meeting in the games venue Sochi, up the Black Sea coast from
Georgia.

“You all understand that there are also certain problems
connected to our neighbour, Georgia.”

Feb 17, 2011

U.N. says Russian efforts on human rights fall short

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights chief said Thursday that attempts by President Dmitry Medvedev to improve civil society in Russia had been unsuccessful, and urged the country to improve its rights record. “His efforts are appreciated but not advanced sufficiently to be described as a success,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told reporters toward the end of her five-day visit to Russia.

“There are still too many problems in the sphere of human rights.”

Medvedev has styled himself a champion of democracy, fighter against corruption and modernizer of the economy since he was steered into the Kremlin three years ago by his mentor, then president and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Feb 10, 2011

Activists push for heroin help in U.N. Russia visit

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Activists have asked the UN human rights chief to pressure Russia to legalize the heroin substitute methadone when she visits next week amid a worsening HIV/AIDS crisis, an international health group said Thursday.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will meet President Dmitry Medvedev, government officials and around 60 rights campaigners during a five-day visit to Moscow.

Feb 10, 2011
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Russia’s Muslim elite vows to tackle Islamist extremism

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(Russia's chief Mufti Ravil Gaynutdin in Moscow February 10, 2011/Sergei Karpukhin)

Russia’s Muslims on Thursday set up a council of experts to devise ways to tackle extremism, two weeks after a suicide bomb attack on the country’s busiest airport killed 36.  Earlier this week Islamist leader Doku Umarov said he had ordered the devastating attack on Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.

Feb 10, 2011

Russia’s Muslim elite vows to tackle extremism

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Muslims on Thursday set up a council of experts to devise ways to tackle extremism, two weeks after a suicide bomb attack on the country’s busiest airport killed 36.

“People need to be protected from extremism and terrorism, and educated away from this,” said Ravil Gaynutdin, the chief Mufti of Russia, which is home to some 20 million Muslims, or a seventh of the population.

Feb 8, 2011
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Islamist rebels take aim at Russia ahead of election year

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(Doku Umarov (C) with Chechen rebels in an undated video/www.kavkazcenter.com/Reuters TV)

A suicide attack on Russia’s busiest airport shows Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov is serious about inflicting “blood and tears” on the Russian heartland ahead of the 2012 presidential election. Umarov, a 46-year-old rebel leader who styles himself as the Emir of the Caucasus, claimed responsibility for the January 24 attack that killed 36 and said he had dozens of suicide bombers ready to unleash on Russian cities.

Feb 8, 2011

Islamist rebels take aim at Russia in election year

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A suicide attack on Russia’s busiest airport shows Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov is serious about inflicting “blood and tears” on the Russian heartland ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

Umarov, a 46-year-old rebel leader who styles himself as the Emir of the Caucasus, claimed responsibility for the Jan. 24 attack that killed 36 and said he had dozens of suicide bombers ready to unleash on Russian cities.

Feb 8, 2011

Analysis: Islamist rebels take aim at Russia in election year

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A suicide attack on Russia’s busiest airport shows Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov is serious about inflicting “blood and tears” on the Russian heartland ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

Umarov, a 46-year-old rebel leader who styles himself as the Emir of the Caucasus, claimed responsibility for the January 24 attack that killed 36 and said he had dozens of suicide bombers ready to unleash on Russian cities.

    • About Amie

      "Based in Kabul, Amie reports on the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. She was previously based in Moscow, where she reported across the former Soviet Union for almost five years, covering energy, politics and lifestyle stories. For over two years there, she focused on the Islamist insurgency in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus. She has also reported in Greece and Britain."
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