The recent bomb attacks in Russia’s North Caucasus are evidence that the war in the region never ended, said Stanislav Dmitrievsky, director of the Finnish-registered Russian-Chechen Friendship Society.
Speaking in an interview with Kasparov.ru, Mr Dmitrievsky said the bomb attacks are clearly linked and are part of the continuing armed conflict in the North Caucasus. There is a united Islamic resistance movement in the region, capable of coordinating its actions in the various republics.
There were times of relative calm in the region, such as in 2007 and the first half of 2008, but we are now witnessing an escalation of the conflict, Mr Dmitrievsky said. The arbitrariness of state officials and the police serves as the catalyst to the process.
Moreover, the economic crisis in the region is aggravating social problems. The ranks of the armed resistance are constantly being reinforced, and one cannot exclude the possibility that the situation will escalate into a major military conflict, Mr Dmitrievsky warned.
On 17 August 2009, one of the ideologues of the Islamic resistance movement, Alexander Tikhomirov (aka Said Buryatsky), set off a suicide bomb at the police HQ in the Ingush capital, Nazran, killing over 20 people. On 1 September 2009, another explosion occurred at a blockpost near Makhachkala in Dagestan.