Chechen insurgent leader to Russia: leave N.Caucasus lands

Umarov has said his forces will carry out more attacks in Russia if it refuses to abandon its North Caucasus territories.

Chechen insurgent leader to Russia: leave N.Caucasus lands

Chechen insurgent leader Doku Umarov has said his forces will carry out more attacks in Russia if it refuses to abandon its North Caucasus territories.

He said attacks were "a response to lawlessness unleashed on the region by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his pack of dogs."

Rights activists have long criticised tactics in raids against militants in the North Caucasus -- known by the authorities as special operations -- for being overly brutal and targeting civilians as well as suspects.

"You better come to your senses and think," Umarov said, urging Russians to pressure their leaders into letting the region go. He said the attacks would stop after Russia withdrew from the region.

In an Internet video posted on the website www.kavkazcenter.com, the Umarov, dressed in a cap and military fatigues, said a brother was being sent to Moscow to carry out an unspecified special operation.
This appeared to be the young man standing at his left.

"We have to carry out our operation in order to wake you up. If this is not enough, then God willing, other blows will follow," Umarov said.

The video made no reference to the Moscow airport bombing that killed 36 people in late January.

A decade after federal forces drove separatists out of power in Chechnya in the second of two wars, the North Caucasus is plagued by violence the Kremlin has failed to contain.

"I can tell you with 100 percent confidence...if God is with us then this year will be a year of blood and tears," Umarov said.

The video does not include any information about when it was filmed.

As the Emir of the Caucasus, 46-year-old Umarov has sought to create a pan-Caucasus state independent from Russia and governed by sharia law, which would include Chechnya, Dagestan and other nearby mainly-Muslim regions.

Umarov's speeches are posted occasionally on the Kavkaz Center site.

In the video, Umarov said he is visiting the battalion of martyrs Riyadus-Salikhiyn, and that 50-60 potential martyrs were prepared to further his cause.

"God willing, depending on your reaction and your actions, these operations will continue every month, every week, as God allows us," he said.

Agencies

 

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