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APR 25, 2013 - The Economist

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Chechnya and Dagestan: Islamists in Russia

HOURS after the Boston bombers were identified as Chechens, Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, called Barack Obama to offer help with his investigations. Mr Putin has long argued that Russia faces the same threat of radical Islam in the north Caucasus as the West does elsewhere. The Boston bombings seem to support him. He is right in one respect. The war in Russia’s southern underbelly is no longer a separatist conflict. The nationalist cause that inspired Chechen fighters 20 years ago is now an Islamic one. Yet this mutation has as much do with Russia’s ruthless actions in the region as ... Read More

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