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Russia Update: January 11, 2016
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Law-Enforcers Shoot Dead Wanted Militant in Dagestan
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Law-enforcers have shot dead another suspected Islamist militant in Dagestan.

According to RIA Novosti, Magomed Abdulakhalikov, head of the so-called Tsumanin gang named for the Tsumanin region, who has been wanted by federal authorities since 2014, was "liquidated" during a "special operations."

A search is underway for another militant who escaped the clash.

Caucasian Knot reported that a counter-terrorist operation (CTO) had been declared for the village of Kvanada

On December 15, 2015, Federal Security Service (FSB) head Aleksandr Bortnikov said 156 militants had been killed by law-enforcement in 2015, less than in previous years.

On December 28, Caucasian Knot reported on a total of 9 militants killed in the week after Bortnikov's report:

-- On December 23 in Khasavyurt, police opened fire on a driver who refused to stop, and he was killed. He was identified as Magomed Zakaryyev, of Tsumadin district, born 1992, and was said to have aided the Kizilyurt gang.

-  On December 23, a driver of a Gazel refused to stop in Reduktor ; police opened fire and killed him. He was identified as Dzhambulat Aliyev, born 1972.

- On December 24 near the village of Ratlub in Shamil District in Dagestan, law-enforcers combing the area were fired on from an empty building and then returned fire, killing a militant identified as Gadzih Kelbeliyev, born 1983, wanted since 2014, said to be in the Izberbash group, and after it was destroyed, in the Yuzhdag group.

- Three more militants in Cherkesska were killed in a battle in an abandoned home; explosives and weapons were found in a car nearby. Six others were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the group.

As we had reported, on December 24, another three militants were killed in battle in Kabardino-Balkaria who were identified as Nazir Tokhov, born 1983; Baksan Aslan Zagashtokov, 42, and Inal Tkhazaplizhev, 26. They were said to have trained in Syria.

Then, on December 28 another leader of a terrorist group, Shamil Nurmagomedov, was killed in Dagestan during a raid; he had been wanted by federal authorities for the murder of civilians and an attack on a police convoy in May 2014.

Thus, with the addition of these 10 militants killed in the last two weeks of December, the total for suspected Islamists killed by police and security forces in the North Caucasus in 2015 was 166.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick