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Attack in Dagestan. Islamic extremism in Russia – how the state deals with it

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Decades ago, Vladimir Putin promised to defeat Islamic extremism. The deadly attack in Dagestan proves once again that he failed, says the website of the American television CNN. The author of the publication describes the turbulent history of the region, where the response to terrorist violence was equally brutal state violence.

On Sunday, armed perpetrators committed the crime terrorist attacks on two Orthodox temples, two synagogues and a police station in Derbent and Makhachkala in Dagestan in the Russian North Caucasus.

According to the latest reports from the Russian Interfax agency, citing the Dagestan news agency health departmentthe number of deaths from these attacks increased to 20. It was previously reported that at least 15 police officers died at the hands of terrorists.

“Putin failed”

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“Decades ago, Vladimir Putin promised to defeat the horrors of Islamic extremism. The deadly attack in Dagestan proves once again that he failed to do so,” says the website of American television CNN.

A synagogue in the city of Derbent was attacked PAP/EPA

“For now, only a fraction of the violence that took place in Dagestan on Sunday is visible, and it is already terrifying. Coordinated attacks on synagogues and churches in two major cities of Dagestan. According to reports, a priest's throat was slit, hostages were taken, and among the five attackers were the sons of a local official and MMA fighter,” writes CNN.

American television, analyzing recordings from the sites of the attacks, reports that “they show the reaction of policemen running through the panic-stricken streets of Makhachkala at dusk.” The portal noted that among the 20 fatalities officially reported by local authorities, 15 were officers. This may mean – CNN assessed – that tragic information about murdered civilians is yet to come.

Officers of the Federal Security Service at the site of the attack PAP/EPA

After the attack at Crocus City Hall

“Moscow has tried for decades to contain rampant Islamic extremism that has emerged in the North Caucasus as a result of brutal repression and poverty. Sometimes it has done so through brutal force, at other times through selective disclosure of information” about the actual situation, CNN wrote. adding that these methods did not produce the intended results.

The portal recalled that the attack in Dagestan took place almost three months after the armed perpetrators they stormed the Crocus City Hall concert hall in Krasnogorsk near Moscow, opening fire on people and killing at least 133 people. This may indicate that the threat from radical Islam in Russia is spreading, and the younger generation of radicals harbors the same hatred towards the authorities in Moscow as their ancestors – adds CNN.

According to CNN, the high death toll among Russian police following the attacks in Dagestan suggests that “they were either brutally attacked or encountered violent resistance during the intervention.” “The war in Ukraine, where Russian police officers were sent to the front, has exhausted Russian law enforcement agencies throughout the country. However, the situation is particularly bad in Dagestan, where in the first months of the war, protests broke out among mothers due to the disproportionate mobilization of their sons,” CNN notes.

American television predicts that losses among Dagestanis suffered on the Ukrainian front will “arouse resentment” against the authorities in Moscow and corrupt local officials, and the deterioration of security may become a critical problem for the Kremlin's control over Dagestan.

The attackers set fire to the churchReuters

“The Curse of Russia”

“Extremist Islam became Russia's curse after two brutal wars in Chechnya. Putin came to power in 1999 with a promise to eliminate extremists who were allegedly behind the bombings of buildings in Moscow. Chechen separatists such as Shamil Basayev became more radical in its ideology when, at the beginning of the 21st century, 'clean-up' campaigns were rampant in Chechen villages, which often included random executions of men of military age,” he recalled to CNN. Both sides of the conflict – the portal added – fueled each other. “The militants' cruelty became even more heinous, while the responding security forces set no limits to their response,” we read.

Sunday's attacks on Christians in Dagestan are a repetition of the most terrible crime of terrorists – attack on a school in Beslan in 2004, which killed over 300 people, most of them children. The response from the security forces was poor until Russian special forces arrived and struck at the terrorists, suffering heavy casualties among their ranks. President of Russia Vladimir Putin he then arrived at the hospital in the middle of the night to visit wounded soldiers. “Beslan was a manifestation of the disease that (Putin – ed.) promised to cure after coming to power. He failed then, just like now,” CNN said.

The attack on the school in Beslan took place on September 2, 2004Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images

Beslan Kotomka Studio / Shutterstock

“It's always been like this and it always will be like this”

The Beslan perpetrators had a complex story about how the Chechen wars set the entire region on fire. Most of them were not Chechens but residents of neighboring Ingushetia, another region of Russia hit hard by a brutal war against extremism and separatists. Their decision to implement the terrifying plan was – in their opinion – dictated by the cruelty they saw – writes CNN.

“In 2004, in a remote village in the Chechen hills, I interviewed the only surviving father of the Beslan terrorist. He said little about his son's crimes. We spoke in a hurry because Russian troops were busy infiltrating houses at the other end of his village in another 'clean-up' operation. He only told me: 'everything is as Lenin said. There is a White and there is a Red. It has always been like that and it will always be like that'. This is his point of view: there are two sides to this brutal war and they are irreconcilable,” he recalled analysis author Nick Paton Walsh.

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