The Chechen Bin Laden
Following the news that Chechen Jihadist Doku Umarov has been killed, Anthony Tucker-Jones charts the rise and fall of Russia’s most wanted terrorist
While all eyes have been on Russia’s Winter Olympics and the gathering storm clouds over Ukraine, in the Russian North Caucasus it is business as usual. The violence that has blighted the tiny Russian republics of Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia, Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan over the last two decades bear striking similarities to Lebanon and Syria, and indeed the central Asian republics or “Stans” when the Soviet Union collapsed. In particular, since the . . .