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Published in Stream:
Russia Update: December 3, 2014
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Statement from Caucasus Emirate Terrorists from Grozny
5 years
Unconfirmed Reports of Caucasus Emirates Terrorists Seizing Press House in Grozny

A video has been uploaded to YouTube titled "Statement from the Mujahideen Who Have Attacked Dzhokar (Grozny) December 4, 2014."

Dzhokhar-Gala is the name the capital of the Chechen Republic was given after the first Chechen war in 1996, afterr Dzhokhar Dudaev, the first presidentof the breakaway Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.

The text is in Russian, translated from Chechen, and The Interpreter has translated it into English:

We have entered the city (Dzhokhar) by order of Emir Khamzat.

There are battles under way now.

We are also under oath to Emir Abu Mukhammad of the Caucasus Emirates

A lot of mujahideen have come into the city. This is an act of Revenge for the fact that the murtadi (apostates) dared to oppress Muslim women, our sisters. This is an operation of Intikam (revenge), a Shahid (martyr) operation and we will battle until the death.

There are already results. Allah has destroyed them through our hands. We have destroyed many cars, military convoys, and many trophies are seized. We cannot take everything away. Allah will help us. We have spread out through the city, battles are underway and none of us are even wounded, and we have destroyed many.

Allah says in the Koran - battle them and I will punish them through your hands, and they will be humiliated...and I will give you victor.... Allah forgives all signs. We see this...That's our situation here...This is our life...Allah Ahbar!

Here's a copy of the video where the Chechen original can be heard:

Emir Khamzat is an insurgent leader in the Caucasus Emirate. Adu Muhammedov is the head of the Caucasus Emirate who in March 2014 replaced Doku Umarov, the previous head who was assassinated.

The Press House where the gunmen are said to be barricaded is located in the center of Grozny across from the seat of government. It has a number of newspapers and television stations in it.


Russian blogger Oleg Kashin has posted a video of people on the streets of Grozny near the Concert Hall, which is about 4.5 km across town from the Press House.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick