The so-called Emir of Caucasus, leader of the Chechen armed resistance movement, Dokka Umarov, has given a telephone interview to Prague Watchdog. Umarov flatly denies the recent reports that he had been wounded and killed, saying that he was wounded only once, in 1995.
The number of people who are joining the resistance makes it possible to conduct more operations, Umarov reveals. “Over the three years that I have been leading the resistance, the number of fighters has risen by 50-60%,” he says. “There is no need to look for the enemy either, given that it is right beside us,” Umarov adds.
The resistance does, however, lack time, material resources like food, as well as arms and other equipment. Life in the woods is hard, but Umarov and his fighters have no problem in moving about freely in the area of operations. Given the large number of dedicated fighters, “the possibilities are endless,” he affirms.
Speaking about the possibility of renewed attacks against civilian objects inside Russia, Umarov says he does not recognise the existence of “civilians” in Russia. “The genocide of the peoples of the North Caucasus is being carried out with the silent consent of the Russian people and with the aid of the taxes they pay,” he asserts.
“The Russian people has given a carte blanche to the actions of Russian forces” [in North Caucasus], Umarov declares. “The Russian people praise the killings and atrocities committed by the Russian forces.” He accuses the Russian people of “sending their soldiers to kill our parents, brothers, and sisters.”
Asked about possible attempts by the pro-Moscow leaders in Chechnya to begin talks with him, Umarov reminds of the fate that befell two previous Chechen presidents, Aslan Maskhadov and Abdul-Halim Sadulayev. “I know how treacherous the enemy is,” Umarov says, assuring that the resistance “will not succumb to deceit.”
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Prague Watchdog, 04.07.2009