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Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report 34

Photo russian_mosque7 February 2011

by Gordon M. Hahn



* IIPER is written and edited by Dr. Gordon M. Hahn unless otherwise noted.  Research assistance is provided by Leonid Naboishchikov, Daniel Painter, Seth Gray, and Yelena Altman.



It now appears that the CE’s Dagestan Vilaiyat was behind the failed suicide bombing plot planned for New Year’s Eve in Moscow on Manezh and/or Red Square where thousands gather to celebrate the holiday every year.  IIPER, No. 31, posted in mid-December, predicted that “a major suicide operation may be in the works for the upcoming Russian holiday season.”  I made this prediction on the basis of a threat and organizational changes introduced by the CE’s Dagestan Viliayat (DV) amir ‘Khasan’ Israpil Velidzhanov in October 2010 (see IIPER, No. 31).  Much of the early reporting on the investigation into the January 24th Domodedovo Airport suicide bombing in Moscow connected it to an accidental explosion connected to the failed New Year’s Eve plot.  Thus, recent reports indicate that there were probably two separate plots organized by the CE; the Domodedovo attack organized by Riyadus Salikhin Martys’ Brigade (RSMB), and the failed New Year’s Eve bombings by the Dagestan Vilaiyat and its own RSMB branch.

In October of last year, DV amir Velidzhanov warned that a “Riyadus Salikhin jamaat” or “Riyadus Salikhin group” subordinated to him under the DV will “continue to inflict horrors” on Russian territory.  Velidzhanov was alluding apparently to past attacks such as the March 2010 Moscow subway twin suicide bombings that killed 40 and wounded more than 100 people.[1]  As IIPER reported, those operations were carried out by two Dagestani female suicide bombers or shakhidki, who were wives of leading Dagestani amirs.  Indeed, one of those amirs was Umalat Magomedov (aka Al-Bara), who was Velidzhanov’s and Magomedali Vagabov’s (aka Seifullah Gubdenskii) predecessor as amir of the DV and was killed by Russian security forces on 31 December 2009.  Then DV amir Vagabov organized the Moscow metro attacks.  Velidzhanov seemed to be claiming that a Riyadus Salikhin Jamaat/Group was now subordinated to him.  This suggests that the larger Riyadus Salikhin Martyrs Battalion (RSMB), founded by Basaev and Khattab in the early 2000s and revived by CE amir Doku ‘Abu Usman’ Umarov in spring 2009, may have been subordinated or at least closely tied to Gubdenskii and even Al-Bara as well.[2]  Velidzhanov mentioned his formation of a “Riyadus Salikhin Jamaat” not the the Riyadus Salikhin Martyrs’ Battalion and his appointment as its amir of one Essa, another previously unknown mujahed participating in the video and the DV’s Shura.[3]  This might indicate that each vilaiyat will now have its own RSMB unit or jamaat.  It seems less likely that Umarov rebased the RSMB to the DV.

At any rate, security sources are reporting that the accidental detonation of a suicide belt on New Year’s Eve in southeast Moscow was connected to one of two planned suicide bombings terrorist attacks in Moscow for New Year’s Eve organized by the DV.[4]  On December 31st, a woman of Caucasus nationality Zavzhat Daudova apparently accidentally detonated a suicide belt in a single home structure on the property of a sport shooting organization, the “Obyekt” Club, located on Golovacheva Street in southeast Moscow.  Zavzhat was killed, and the 80 square meter house was completely destroyed.  Her body and that of a companion were badly mutilated and severed by the explosion.  Zavzhat’s husband was reported to member of the Caucasus mujahedin fighter, who was soon arrested in Pyatigorsk, Stavropol in the North Caucasus.[5]

On January 2nd, Zeinab Zalikhanovna Suyunova (born 1986), a woman reportedly of Chechen nationality, was arrested in Volgograd just outside the North Caucasus.  The 24-year old woman was brought to Moscow for interrogation and was suspected of organizing the attack.[6]  Interrogation revealed, however, that the cabin at the rifle club had been rented under her name and that she too was preparing to carry out a suicide bombing in Moscow.[7]

Suyunova’s interrogation led to a series of operations carried out on January 29th.  The largest was carried out in Dagestan, where, according to the National Anti-Terrorist Committee’s January 30th communique, the FSB arrested four suspected accomplices: Shamil Bairamkazievich Baimambetov (born 1980 and driver for a company called ‘Bris’), Timur Magomedovich Akubekov (born 1979 and a businessman and top manager of a department store company ‘Kirgu’ with stores in Dagestan and Moscow), Ilyas Saigudulievich Saidov (born 1987 and a worker with ChOP), and Khairulla Paizuttinovich Magometov (born 1983 and also a worker with ChOP).[8]  The investigation of Suyunova and/or the interrogations of the four male accomplices, who were soon reported to have confessed in the New Year’s Eve bombing plot, led to a search for five more suspected accomplices being put on the federal wanted list: Arsen Alievich Magomedov (born 1985), Kamil Magomedovich Magomedov (born 1985), Shamil Paizulaevich Paizulaev (born 1978), Vitalii Yurevich Rasdobud’ko (born 1975), and his common law wife Marina Igorevna Khorosheva (born 1985).  The latter two are ethnic Slavs; the former Ukrainian by ethnicity, the latter an ethnic Russian.[9]

In earlier reports, Razdobud’ko was implicated in the Domodedova Airport bombing as part of a plot organized by the ‘Nogai Jamaat’ by which is meant the CE’s Nogai Steppe Vilaiyat (NSV).[10]  The NSV ostensibly runs CE operations in Krasnodar and Stavropol, but no NSV jamaats or amirs have ever been mention on the CE’s websites, suggesting that the NSV node is embryonic or episodic.  The ‘Nogai Jamaat’ was supposedly destroyed in October 2010 after carrying out a series of attacks in summer.  It was said to be behind the 17 August 2010 car bombing near a theater in Pyatigorsk, among other attacks in Stavropol, and planned a similar attack on 30 September in Stavropol.  Its amir was 28-year old Tamerlan Gadzhiev, whose family had moved from Dagestan ten years earlier and who maintained contacts with, and often traveled to Dagestan.  On October 26th Gadzhiev and another Nogai Jamaat fighter were killed and four were captured.  Three of the captured were ethnic Nogais, who tend to populate parts of Stavropol and Dagestan.[11]

In a later Kommersant report as well, it is said that only Razdobud’ko (and presumably Khorosheva) could have been involved in both the New Year’s Eve plot and the airport bombing and that Stavropol law enforcement authorities told the daily they suspect Razdobud’ko in three attacks: an attack in Pyatigorsk (likely in August 2010), the New Year’s Eve failed plot, and Domodedovo.  It also reports that law enforcement said the CE was behind both attacks and that Razdobud’ko was never a member of any CE combat jamaat but rather was part of the CE’s reserve to be activated for an important operation.  The NAK reportedly refused to confirm or deny that version.  That report has the smell of the RSMB’s mode of operation.[12] Kommersant also reports that Suyunova and Khorosheva studied together in the Pyatigorsk Pharmaceutical Academy in Pyatigorsk, Stavropol.  Suyunova introduced Razdobud’ko to Khorosheva, and Razdobud’ko converted the latter to Islam.  The couple reportedly has a two-year old child, and Khorosheva is reportedly in her last month of a pregnancy.[13]  Razdobud’ko, Khorosheva, Suyunova, and the couple’s children lived together for a time in Pyatigorsk before moving to Dagestan.[14]

It cannot be excluded that Razdobud’ko was a member of the CE’s NSV and the NSV mujahedin cell worked with the DV to carry out one or both attacks.  Also, given his Slavic nationality, he could be a member of a unit of ethnic Russian CE mujahedin, the Jamaat Muvakhkhidun ar-Rusi (LMR) or the Group of the Muwahhidun (Wahhabis) of Russia, first mentioned in August 2009.  In November 2009 it claimed responsibility for two attacks: one on a naval weapons arsenal in Zavolskii district in Ulyanovsk and a natural gas storage tank in Ryzdvanyi, Stavropol.[15]  It is also possible that the JMR operates under the NSV and is led by Pavel Kosolapov who is suspected of carrying out the 2007 attack on the Nevskii Express Moscow-St. Petersburg train and perhaps the November 2009 attack on the same train (see IIPER, No. 4, 10 December 2009).

The NAK was careful to stress in its January 30th communiqué that there was still no information tying those arrested in connection with the explosion on December 31st to the Domodedova Airport suicide bombing on January 24th.[16]  Russia’s Investigative Committee has still not ruled out a connection between the New Year’s Eve plot and the airport attack.[17]  A February 4th article in the government daily Rossiiskaya gazeta reported that there were important similarities between the construction of the New Year’s Eve bomb and the Domodedovo bomb.[18]

On February 2nd Kommersant reported, citing law enforcement sources, that two separate suicide bombings were planned for New Year’s Eve, and at least one was planned by the amir of the Dagestan Vilaiyat’s (DV) Gubden jamaat, one Ibragimkhalil Daudov, reportedly 50 years old.  However, Daudov is described as having replaced Magomedali Vagabov as amir of the jamaat in fall 2010.[19]  But Vagabov (aka Seifullah Gubdenskii) had not been the amir of the Gubden jamaat for some time.  He became amir for the entire DV and the CE’s qadi in June 2010 and had been amir of the DV’s Central Sector for at least several months before that.  Vagabov was the mastermind behind the March 2010 Moscow subway twin suicide bombings carried out by the wife of his predecessor as DV amir and the wife of a middle-ranking DV amir and was killed by Russian forces in mid-August.  The Gubden Jamaat comes under the DV’s Central Sector.  In June 2010, one ‘Salikh’ was identified as the Gubden Jamaat’s amir, so Salikh may be Ibragimkhalil Daudov’s jihadi nickname.  At an October 2010 DV Shura Salikh was appointed as the second deputy or naib of Vagabov’s successor as  DV amir, Israpil Velidzhanov.  Salikh retained his post as amir of the DV’s Central Sector, but there was no word that he remained amir of the Gubden Jamaat as well.[20]

Ibragimkhalil Daudov is reported to have joined the mujahedin three years ago.  He fought in Afghanistan in the Red Army and served a term in prison in Azerbaijan for illegal weapons possession before returning to Gubden where he worked a refrigerator repairman.  After a propane canister exploded in his apartment, the siloviki began to suspect him of ties to the mujahedin.  Weapons were found in his apartment later when a fire was put, and he fled to the mujahedin with his three sons and “joined Vagabov’s band,” presumably when the latter was amir of merely the Gubden Jamaat.  It cannot be excluded therefore that law enforcement’s suspicions were correct, and Daudov was already with the mujahedin or was a facilitator supplying them with weapons.  His son Magomed was killed in summer 2009, and his son Magomedshali was killed during a special counter-terrorist operation in spring of last year.  Becoming the jamaat’s amir in fall 2010, he immediately shot to death the man who informed on him.  The community of Dagestan’s Afghan war veterans claim Daudov sent an SMS message apologizing for the accidental shooting and death of his informer’s 17-year old daughter during the shooting.[21]

Daudov is suspected of sending both his wife, Zavzhat, and Zeinab Suyunov to Moscow to detonate suicide vests on New Year’s Eve.  Zavzhat and Ibragimkhalil reportedly had two sons, who joined the mujahedin and were killed during a counter-terrorism operation carried out by the security forces.  It was originally thought – and Russia’s Investigations Committee appears to be still pursuing this version – that a third son was the shakhid who detonated his bomb at Domodedovo before the investigation turned to the hypothesis that there were two groups acting in parallel and perhaps independently: one planning the New Year’s Eve bombings and another the Domodedovo bombing.[22]  A tenth suspect in the New Year’s Eve plot was detained on February 2nd.  He was identified as native Dagestani, Artur Magomedov.  According to Russia’s Investigations Committee, seven of the detainees have been charged with crimes related to the planned attack and the remainder soon will be charged.[23]

Reportedly, the detained entrepreneur Timur Akubekov, who was a recent convert to Islam, financed the operations and had been missing, according to his family, since January 27th.  The bomb materials were brought to Moscow by Ilyas Saidov on a bus and picked up by Shamil Baimambetov, who drove them to the gun club’s premises.  Two bombs were constructed by Khairulla Magometov.  Zavzhat Daudova was killed when she mishandled the bombs while Suyunova was out.  What the roles of Razdobud’ko, Khorosheva, and another four detainees remain unclear.  Federal law enforcement officials told Kommersant that a major operation was underway in the real Domodedeovo bomber’s “homeland” to find “him” and that it was not Dagestan, which was confirmed by Dagestani authorities.[24]

Attacks continue in Dagestan and panic has been sown in Moscow.  An attack on a freight train in Dagestan caused severe damage January 31st.  From 29-31 January police in Moscow arrested seven people who had threatened further attacks in anonymous phone calls and now face up to three years in prison.  Department stores and shopping centers had to be evacuated.[25]  On February 5th, more telephone threats and the appearance of CE amir Dokku ‘Abu Usman’ Umarov’s threatening and undated videotape (see below) forced Russian authorities to order security forces to search Moscow’s airports and all nine of Moscow’s train stations for bombs.[26]

The Dagestanis carried out nearly half of the jihadi attacks carried out in Russia in 2010 (approximately 267 out of approximately 583).  They also carried out six suicide bombing attacks in Dagestan in 2010 and the Moscow subway suicide bombings in March 2010.  As IIPER has noted numerous times, the shakhidkas, who perpetrated the Moscow subway attack, were the wives of the DV’s top amir and a lower-ranking amir, respectively.



The January 24th Domodedovo Airport suicide bombing that killed at least 36 and wounded as many as 180 now appears to have been a RSMB operation.  IIPER, No. 33 proposed that the CE’s Dagestan Vilaiyat (DV), led by amir Israpil Velidzhanov, was most likely to have been the main force behind the Domodedovo attack.  As noted above, the Dagestani connection is being borne out in connection with the failed New Year’s Eve plot that was initially reported to have been carried out by a group also connected to the Domodedovo attack.  A 20-year old ethnic Ingush, named Magomed Yevloev, appears to have been the suicide bomber in the airport bombing.  On February 7th, two other ethnic Ingush, Adam Ganizhev and Islam Yevloev, were placed on a federal wanted list as alleged accomplices of the suicide bomber.  They reportedly disappeared at about the same time that Magomed Yevloev left home and was never seen again.[27] 

On February 4th the CE website Kavkaz tsentr posted a video of CE amir Doku Abu Usman Umarov visiting the RSMB’s base prior to sending Yevloev to Russia on a “special operation.”[28]  The video, for which no date is provided, is both a claim of responsibility for the Domodedovo attack and perhaps even the failed New Year’s Eve attack planned by the DV’s RSMB unit.  Yevloev is identified by Umarov in the video by his jihadi name ‘Seifullah’; he strongly resembled the younger Yevloev shown in a 2005 photograph of the suspected Domededovo suicide bomber published just one day earlier in the Russian media alongside a photo of his severed head taken after the explosion.[29]

The Kavkaz tsentr introduction to the video states that “Emir Dokku Abu Usman said in his statement that he came to the base of the Riyad-us-Saliheen Martyr Brigade before sending a Mujahid named Saifullah to Russia with a task.”  In the video Umarov is seated in the middle with ‘Seifullah’ Magomed Yevloev on his left and one who Umarov identifies as Khamzat and the amir of the RSMB on his right.  Umarov says he came to the base so that the RSMB would “carry out operations on the Russia’s territory and in Russia’s capitol.”  He blames “our enemies” and Russian Prime Minister and former president Vladimir Putin, in particular, for “forcing” him to send shakhids like Seifullah to Russia to carry out suicide attacks.  Umarov condemns Putin’s “dogs” for carrying out attacks in the Caucasus and therefore, he says, the CE is forced to respond.  He notes: “I cry today because we are forced as amirs to send the best of the best on this special operation.”  Umarov warns Russia: “If this is little for you then Allah willing after that there will be other blows. I can say with 100 percent certainty if it will be Allah’s will and Allah’s mercy will be with us then we will make this a year of blood and tears.”  Umarov closes his opening talk in the video with a more specific threat of more suicide bombings this year: “We do not have hundreds ready to carry out istishkhad (martyrdom), but fifty or sixty will be found and, Allah willing and taking into account your actions, such operations will be carried monthly even weekly as Allah allows.”[30]

For his part RSMB amir Khamzat says that they are sending Seifullah Yevloev on this suicide mission “not because he is not needed” or “simply to spill blood.”   Rather, they do it “with grief” for the loss of their brother Seifullah but so that Russians “wake up” and in order “to raise Allah’s word above all others.”[31]  This is the first time in many years that we have known the name of the RSMB’s top commander.  Khamzat was seated next to Umarov in a pivotal September 2010 video in which Umarov expelled four leading amirs from their commands after they criticized and renounced their bayats of allegiance to the CE amir.[32]  Before the split Khamzat was naib of the amir of the CE NV’s Southwestern Front Tarkhan Gaziev, who was among the four amirs who broke with Umarov.  However, Umarov abolished that front after the split within the NV.  Khamzat’s position as RSMB amir puts him in the top ranks of the CE’s leadership.

Seifullah speaks last.  Umarov introduces him, saying he does so with “a touched soul” and that he prays to Allah to accept his istishkhad as a sincere act.  Seifullah, who speaks for just over a minute, identifies himself as “a mujahed of Riyadus Salikhin.”  He says he will carry out his istishkhad “for Allah’s sake” “to raise Allah’s word above everything” and condemns the infidel, “Medvedev, Putin, there is no difference.”  The video closes with Umarov and Khamzat each hugging Seifullah, bidding him farewell.[33]

Russia’s Life News provided some biographical detail for Yevloev.  He was identified through DNA analysis from remains consisting of the wrist of a hand and his head.  He was a twenty year old student and from Ali Yurt, Ingushetia.  He left home in early September, telling his parents he was going to Krasnodar Krai to make some money.  Neither his father, 73-year old retired bus driver Mukhazhir, nor his mother Roza, a 54-year old schoolteacher, heard from him again.  His grammar or high school teacher says he was an average ‘C’ student with few friends.  At age 15 his parents sent him to a technical school where he studied accounting for three years.  He suddenly changed his specialization and switched over to ‘correspondence’ or off-campus, distance learning.  He was soon expelled from studies altogether for failing grades.  He was drafted into the Russian army in November 2009.  After only three months of service in Vladivostok, he returned home.  He sat mostly at home and caused no trouble, said local police, who add that his family was “quiet and intelligent.”  Soon after the Domodedovo attack, when police asked the family to provide a DNA sample, Yevloev’s parents left the village with their three daughters and younger son.[34]  They deny that their son was the Seifullah in the Umarov video.[35]

Umarov explicitly claimed responsibility for the January 24th Domodedovo Airport suicide bombing that killed 36 and wounded 180 in a video posted on Kavkaz tsentr on February 7th.  In the video titled “Declaration of the amir of the Caucasus Emirate Dokku Abu Usman in connection with the Shakhid operation in Moscow on 24 January 2011,” he says that the “special operation was carried out on his order” and that such attacks “without doubt will be continued.”  He refers to the attack having been carried out “today” suggesting the video was made on January 24th.  He refers to events in Tunisia but not in Egypt, which dates the video to approximately that time.[36]

Umarov starts off with an Arabic-language salutation that is longer than usual and says he wants to discuss “what is going on in this world.”  Fending off charges that such attacks are “sins,” he justifies them by noting: “(T)hose events occurring in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and according to what right they kill our brothers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Algeria and in the entire Muslim world.”  He accuses “Zionist and Christian regimes, Israel and America” of stealing resources across the Muslim world and trying to continue this in Sudan and complains that despite this the world is “quiet and does not react.”[37]

Thus, Umarov says, the CE is striving for “a free and Islamic Caucasus” and “the right to Shariah Islamic law” and reiterates it later in the video: “We, the mujahedin of the Caucasus are making jihad today only for Allah, only in the name of Allah, and only in order to have the word of Allah in the Caucasus.”  Speaking in Islamist terms more convincingly and apparently sincerely than ever before, Umarov mentions rights such as property and religious rights but would obviously not implement any of them by Western standards but rather by Shariah law as interpreted by such radical Islamists.  He says that “nowhere” do “infidel states” like “Israel, America, Russia or China observe these rights.”  No matter where Muslims try to “raise Allah’s word” and institute Shariah law, the infidel will “kill our brothers and sisters” and “destroy the umma.”  Only obeying Allah’s word can help Muslims rid themselves of this yoke.[38]

Umarov issues a more daring threat than the one in his previous video and directly contradicts what he said then.  In the new video he says “there will be hundreds of suicide bombers prepared to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the establishment of  Allah’s word” to carry out martyrdom operations, and those attacks “without any doubt will continue.”  They will be carried out “regularly.”  They have the ability to carry them out “anywhere” and “anytime,” and they can carry out more deep operations and more aggressive operations.”  He closes by saying to “those foolish heads who hide under the slogans of democracy in England, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, or other places – there are many, many, many” that all states, even the “Satanic states” of the infidels, won their freedom only through blood.[39]

Incidentally, Umarov is now wearing a much longer, Salafi-like beard than has been his custom in the past.

The CE’s alliance with the global jihadi revolutionary movement and Al Qa`ida may have been reflected by the global nature of Umarov’s comments in the second video and the fact that the explosion occurred in the airport’s international arrivals section.  According to Reuters, a list of victims put out by Russia’s Emergencies Ministry includes eight foreigners: two British citizen and one German, Bulgarian, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukrainian citizen each.  Ukrainian Anna Yablonskaya, 29, a playwright, was headed to Moscow to receive an award.  Great Britain’s Foreign Office confirms one Briton was killed in the attack.[40]  However, neither in the first video with Umarov, Khamzat, and Seifullah Yevloev nor in the second with Umarov alone were targets other than Russia and Russian ‘infidels’ threatened.

In April 2009 Umarov announced the revival of the Riyadus Salikhin Martyrs Brigade and promised major attacks deep inside Russia.  The suicide bombing campaign has included 32 attacks: 1 in 2008 (November), 16 in 2009, 14 in 2010, and 1 so far in 2011.



[1] “Shura amirov Dagestana. Bayat Amira Dagestana Khasana, 19 October 2010,”, 1 December 2010, and Kavkaz tsentr, 1 December 2010,, last accessed 3 December 2010.

[2] In 2010, I suggested that both the interpretation of a Dagestani connection and the interpretation that fomer Ingushetia-based mujahed Sheikh Said Abu Saad Buryatskii was the RSMB’s amir or chief recruiter have some validity.

[3] “Shura amirov Dagestana. Bayat Amira Dagestana Khasana, 19 October 2010.”

[4] National Anti-Terrorist Committee Press Release, 29 January 2011, 17:00,, accessed 29 January – 2 February 2011; Sergei Mashkin and Yulia Rybina, “Rodstvennoe bombformirovanie,” Kommersant, 1 February 2011,; and Yan Gordeev, “Terrorist poyavilsya s povinnoi,” Nezavisimaya gazeta, 3 February 2011,

[5] Oleg Rubnikovich, Aleksandra Larintseva, and Yuliya Rybina, “SKP opoznal domodedovskogo terrorista,” Kommersant, 31 January 2011, and “V Volgograde zaderzhana chechenka, podozrevaemaya v podgotovke terakta v Moskve,” Novyi region, 6 January 2011, 06:23,

[6] “V Volgograde zaderzhana chechenka, podozrevaemaya v podgotovke terakta v Moskve,” Novyi region, 6 January 2011, 06:23,

[7] Rubnikovich, Larintseva, and Rybina, “SKP opoznal domodedovskogo terrorista.”

[8] Rubnikovich, Larintseva, and Rybina, “SKP opoznal domodedovskogo terrorista;” National Anti-Terrorist Committee Press Release, 29 January 2011, 17:00; and Sergei Mashkin and Yulia Rybina, “Rodstvennoe bombformirovanie,” Kommersant, 1 February 2011,

[9] National Anti-Terrorist Committee Press Release, 29 January 2011, 17:00; Rubnikovich, Larintseva, and Rybina, “SKP opoznal domodedovskogo terrorista;” and Mashkin and Rybina, “Rodstvennoe bombformirovanie.”

[10] “Po delu o terakte v ‘Domodedovo’ razyskivayutsya desyat’ chelovek.  SMI dobyli foto ‘russkogo vakhkhabita’ Razdobud’ko,”, 27 January 2011, 11:43,

[11] Sergei Mashkin, “Brat’ya iz Chernogo Kurgana,” Kommersant, 30 October 2010, and Zaderzhannym po podozreniyu v podgotovke trakta ne predyavili obvineniya v terrorizme,” Kavkaz uzel, 30 October 2010,

[12] Rubnikovich, Larintseva, and Rybina, “SKP opoznal domodedovskogo terrorista.”

[13] Rubnikovich, Larintseva, and Rybina, “SKP opoznal domodedovskogo terrorista”.

[14] Mashkin and Rybina, “Rodstvennoe bombformirovanie.”

[15] “’Muvakhkhiddun ar-Rusi’ vzyala na sebya otvetstvennost’ za diversii v Ulyanovske i na Stavrople,” Kavkaz tsentr, 10:45, 25 November 2009,

[16] National Anti-Terrorist Committee Press Release, 29 January 2011, 17:00.

[17] Natalya Alekseeva and Vladimir Demchenko, “Silovoi priem prezidenta,” Izvestia, 7 February 2011,

[18] Natalya Kozlova, “Bomby-bliznetsy – Vzryvnoe ustroistvo v Domodedovo opoznali,” Rossiiskaya gazeta, 4 February 2011,

[19] Mashkin and Rybina, “Rodstvennoe bombformirovanie.”

[20] “Shura amirov Dagestana. Bayat Amira Dagestana Khasana, 19 October 2010,”, 1 December 2010, and Kavkaz tsentr, 1 December 2010,, last accessed on Kavkaz tsentr on 3 December 2010.

[21] Sergei Mashkin and Yulia Rybina, “Rodstvennoe bombformirovanie.”

[22] Mashkin and Rybina, “Rodstvennoe bombformirovanie.”

[23] Russian Federation Investigations Committee Press Release “O khode rassledovaniya ugolovhogo dela o vzryve v gostinichnom nomere Sportivn-Strelkovogo Kluba,”, 2 February 2011,

[24] Mashkin and Rybina, “Rodstvennoe bombformirovanie.”

[25] Wolfgang Jung, “Dagestan Islamists blamed for Moscow bomb,” News24, 31 January 2011, 18:10,

[26] Timofei Borisov, Ivan Yegorov, and Mikhail Falaleev, “Dama sdavala v bagazh…bombu,” Rossiiskaya gazeta, 7 February 2011,

[27] Alena Larina, “Obyavleny v rozysk,” Rossiiskaya gazeta, 7 February 2011,; “Dvoe urozhentsev Ingushetii razyskivaeyutsya po podozpeniyu v podgotovke terakta v ‘Domodedovo’,” Rossiiskaya gazeta, 6 February 2011,; and Aleksandra Odynova, “Doku Umarov Vows ‘Year of Tears’,” Moscow Times, 7 February 2011.

[28] “Video: Amir Imarata Kavkaz Dokku Abu Usman posetil bazu Brigady Shakhidov Riyadus Salikhin i sdelal zayavlenie,” Kavkaz tsentr, 4 February 2011, 23:18,

[29] See

[30] “Video: Amir Imarata Kavkaz Dokku Abu Usman posetil bazu Brigady Shakhidov Riyadus Salikhin i sdelal zayavlenie,” Kavkaz tsentr, 4 February 2011, 23:18,

[31] “Video: Amir Imarata Kavkaz Dokku Abu Usman posetil bazu Brigady Shakhidov Riyadus Salikhin i sdelal zayavlenie,” Kavkaz tsentr, 4 February 2011, 23:18,

[32] “Prikaz Amira IK Dokku Abu Usman o razzhalovanii amirov, narushivshchikh baiyat,”, 20 September 2010, 2:14,  The video was also posted on Kavkaz tsentr but without a separate page and identifiable link.  It was still available there as of 24 September 2010.

[33] “Video: Amir Imarata Kavkaz Dokku Abu Usman posetil bazu Brigady Shakhidov Riyadus Salikhin i sdelal zayavlenie,” Kavkaz tsentr, 4 February 2011, 23:18,

[34] See “Life News uznal imya smertnika v Domodedovo,”, 3 February 2011,  Kavkaz tsentr posted a brief summary of the Life News report.  See “Vo vzryve v Domodedovo nashli ‘ingushskii sled’,” Kavkaz tsentr, 3 February 2011, 17:27,

[35] Larina, “Obyavleny v rozysk.”

[36] See the video “Obrashchenie amira Imarata Kavkaz Dokku Abu Usman v svyazi s Shakhidskoi operatsiei v Moskve 24 yanvarya 2011 goda” at “Amir Dokku Abu Usman: ‘Spetsoperatsiya v Moskve byla provedena po moemu prokazu’,” Kavkaz tsentr, 7 February 2011, 22:58,

[37] See the video “Obrashchenie amira Imarata Kavkaz Dokku Abu Usman v svyazi s Shakhidskoi operatsiei v Moskve 24 yanvarya 2011 goda” at “Amir Dokku Abu Usman: ‘Spetsoperatsiya v Moskve byla provedena po moemu prokazu’,” Kavkaz tsentr, 7 February 2011, 22:58,

[38] “Obrashchenie amira Imarata Kavkaz Dokku Abu Usman v svyazi s Shakhidskoi operatsiei v Moskve 24 yanvarya 2011 goda.”

[39] “Obrashchenie amira Imarata Kavkaz Dokku Abu Usman v svyazi s Shakhidskoi operatsiei v Moskve 24 yanvarya 2011 goda.”

[40] Thomas Grove and Steve Gutterman, “Putin vows revenge for suicide bombing,” Reuters, 25 January 2011, 12:04,



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