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Russia Update: December 3, 2014

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Statement from Caucasus Emirate Terrorists from 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.

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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

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Unconfirmed Reports of Caucasus Emirates Terrorists Seizing Press House in Grozny

A Russian-language Muslim blogger on Twitter claims to have information about the gunmen who are in the Press House, and that they are from the terrorist group called Caucasus Emirates.

We have not confirmed any of these reports.

Translation by The Interpreter:



Translation: Burning car of officers in Grozny.


Translation: Roads are blocked.

The next tweets are evidently a translation from Chechen into Russian of the audio statements from a video. We have seen identical texts on the Russian social network VKontakte but the video has been removed.


Translation: A mujahideen is describing their results, operation intikam revenge for Muslim sisters in Grozny.

Intikam is a Turkic word for "revenge."


Translation: 2 - he also said that they are mujahideen of the Caucasus Emirate, the operation is under Amir Khamzat.


Translation: 3 - many trophies and means of transport, not only in the Center, but we are in Staropromyslovsky and Chernorechye.

By "trophies," he means the automobiles have been seized.


Translation: 4) We have come here until death to kill the enemies of Muslims and we will stand to the end.


Translation: How about that, the tank is banging on the Press House just like in 1996.

The year 1996 was the start of the first Chechen war.

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3 Policemen Killed in Grozny Shoot-Out

There is still little information about what is happening in Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic in the Russian Federation, where there has been an explosion and a gunfight near the Press House.

Gazeta.ru has carried a brief news item at 3:18 am Moscow time December 4 that 3 policemen have been killed in Grozny.

The independent site Slon.ru has reported that there are fighters barricaded in the Press House.

LifeNews, a pro-government TV station close to law-enforcement and intelligence, has reported that police have blocked the fighters in the Press House building.

LifeNews cited a source that said last night unknown persons summoned three taxis in the village of Shalazhi. About 10 people hijacked the cars when they arrived at the scene and headed toward Grozny. The Traffic Inspection tried to stop the suspicious vehicle, but fighters in the car opened fire and shot three of the policement.

Then, once they got to Grozny, they broke into the Press House, and a fire started.


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Explosion and Gunfire in Grozny

An explosion at the Press House in Grozny has been reported, and there are reports of a shoot-out.

According to unconfirmed reports, 3 people have been wounded.

A video has been uploaded to YouTube dated December 3 labeled "Shoot-out in Grozny. Seizure of the Press House."


Another video shows a fire and gunfire can be heard in the background. Some men are speaking in Chechen.


This video uploaded today to YouTube and also posted on VK purports to be from the scene and shows tracer bullets.


The independent station TV Rain reports, citing Kavkazskaya Politika, that numerous witnesses have heard a powerful explosion and gunfire in the area of the Press House.

Beslan Uspanov, editor of Kavkazskaya Politika told TV Rain that at 2:00 am Moscow time, there has been no official comment on the incident.

According to unconfirmed reports, up to 20 Chechen rebels have seized the building or are holed up in the Press House building.


Translation: Judging from the audio recordings of the conversations of the law-enforcers, the suspects are holed up in the Press House in Grozny.


Translation: BTRs in Grozny

President Ramzan Kadyrov has not made any statement on his Instagram account, where he often posts news and comments.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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Cutting Russia Off from SWIFT 'Will Mean War': Top Russian Banker

Cutting Russian banks off from the international payments system SWIFT "will mean war," says a top Russian bank chief.

Andrei Kostin, head of VTB Bank said in an interview with Handeslbatt covered by RIA Novosti (translated by The Interpreter):

"In my personal opinion, the introduction of such sanctions will mean war."

He added that the banking system was the most vulnerable segment of the Russian economy because it depends on the dollar and the euro. He said that the "US ambassador should leave Russia" on the day the SWIFT system is shut off.

The European Parliament passed a resolution calling for Russia to be removed from the SWIFT system in September, Lenta.ru reported.

This wasn't compulsory, and Russia remains part of SWIFT.

The UK has pushed hard for the EU to cut Russia off from SWIFT to escalate the sanctions for Russia's war on Ukraine but the EU hasn't responded yet.

But SWIFT itself announced in October 2014 that despite "calls to disconnect institutions and entire countries from its network -- most recently Israel and Russia," it "will not make unilateral decisions to disconnect institutions from its network as a result of political pressure."


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