RUSSIA: Chechen Muslim terrorist leader calls for attacks on upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi

0,,3303863_4,00The leader of an Islamist terrorist group in Russia’s North Caucasus region Wednesday called on his followers to use “maximum force” to disrupt the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, an event on which President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation.


WSJ  Doku Umarov, the leader of a group of militants seeking to establish an Islamist state in the volatile Caucasus region, said in a video aimed at his followers that a February 2012 order not to strike Russian targets outside the region had been rescinded.

Russia’s National Anti-Terror Committee, which coordinates the fight against terrorists, issued a statement in response to the video saying that authorities are “constantly implementing a complex of measures aimed at ensuring the security of Russian citizens” and guests for the games. The authenticity of the video couldn’t immediately be confirmed, but the site has often been used for video messages from Mr. Umarov and other insurgent leaders.

Doku Umarov

Doku Umarov

Islamist groups fighting in the Caucasus regularly claim responsibility for attacks on police and security forces, while Russian authorities report operations against alleged fighters on a nearly weekly basis. A total of 41 security personnel and 62 militants were killed in attacks in the first five months of this year, according to Caucasian Knot, an independent group that monitors the conflict.

Early last year, Russia authorities said they had captured what they said was a large delivery of weapons, including bomb-making supplies and portable antiaircraft missiles, to the Sochi area that they said had been coordinated by Mr. Umarov and his followers. (Mr. Umarov’s followers staged the 2004 Beslan school massacre)


In the video released Wednesday, Mr. Umarov said the Russians “plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on the territory of our land on the Black Sea, and we mujahedeen are obliged not to permit that, using any methods allowed us by the almighty Allah.” He was sitting in front of an Islamist flag, flanked by two lieutenants in what appeared to be a wooded area, with the sound of birds chirping in the background.


He called on followers in the North Caucasus republics—including Chechnya, where Russia has fought two wars against separatists in the last two decades—as well as neighboring Muslim regions of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan, to disrupt “this satanic dancing on the bones of our ancestors.” Kazan, the Tatar capital, is hosting the summer Universiade, a world student sports competition, starting this weekend.


A veteran of the separatist wars in Chechnya, Mr. Umarov has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in Russia, including a suicide bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport that killed 37 people in 2011. Last year, he called on followers to suspend attacks in which Russian civilians might suffer, but in Wednesday’s video he said he was lifting that moratorium, which he said Russian authorities had interpreted as a sign of weakness.


Grigory Shvedov, editor in chief at Caucasian Knot, said violence in the region has picked up in the last year as the Kremlin appears to have taken a harder line in the conflict with Islamist groups. “Brute force has completely replaced soft power,” he said. Though Russian authorities say the Islamist groups are weakened and scattered, Mr. Shvedov said, “I view this threat as serious.”

“Unfortunately, I have every reason to think they would be able to organize a suicide attack around the games,” he said.



15 comments on “RUSSIA: Chechen Muslim terrorist leader calls for attacks on upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi

  1. It will be a bad judgment from muslem scum to go against Putin the Great. If they so much give the wrong look at the Olympics or anywhere else they will be evaporised with no questions asked. Putin is not a pussy like some other western countries. Hail Putin and may the day come when he will introduce impaling of the invaders like his neighbour Dracula did.

  2. Endless land grab lies all over the world, hiding behind ancient ethnic grievances. The muslims are in the Phillipines with their land grab lies

  3. One person’s ‘terrorist’ is another person’s ‘freedom fighter’: Chechnya is a NATION that has every right to fight back against genocidal oppression. Its people aren’t Russian, and its territory isn’t Russian.

    ‘Terrorism’ in Russia will be abated if Russia gets out of the Caucasus. See? It’s a rather simple solution, really.

  4. Lets hope the weakling dhimmi leaders in the rest of Western Europe will watch Mr Putin, and learn.

  5. Count on Sochi being a militarized zone with lots of check points.

    I think it’s time for all


    to start psy-ops against ISLAM…

    …don’t you SPY AGENCY GUYS AGREE?

    Please do it. Save lives.

  6. Just one terrorist attack during the Olympics will be disastrous financially and economically. Putin will not stand or that. He will utterly eradicate the terrorists by whatever means.

  7. Good for Putin. Yes, I could see Putin removing anyone involved with ISLAM from Russia. There are plenty of dumping ground countries in the Middle East. The USA should gather up anyone involved with islam and deport them to the Middle East as well. There is no place in the USA or Russia for such an evil and deadly philosophy.

  8. Another bit of info. to add to Obama’s lovely day….the NFL has said no to Obamacare…..just thought I’d add fuel to his fire…LOL

      • Yes SK, more than annoying that truth-preaching Geller and Spencer are barred from the UK by Keith Vaz’s puppet Theresa May, while hate-spewing imams get the red carpet. I hope lots of people in the UK are keeping score, and will laugh at “I was only doing my job.” excuses.

        But Egypt, that’s SOOOO much larger!

        I pray it goes well, the MB underwritten by obuMBoy get a good kick in the nuts, and sane non-islamists take over and CLEAN HOUSE! They should now know who the MB vipers are; start with all Morsi sycophant appointees, then move on to MB cheerleaders…

        And hey Tariq Ramadan, MB, show us what you’re made of, pick up your AK47, and go and defend Morsi unto death!


  9. Susan, do you really think Putin will go up against muzzies? If he does, this will cause a “religious” rift with Iran, Syria, and all those who view it as an attack on islam… Khomeni fears, the West and Israel may just sit back and WATCH…..

    • MARCIA: Russia is pro-Assad, just like most of us who know what is truly happening. Putin does deal with Iran commercially, including weaponry, but he is not an idiot. It’s temporary economics only.

      As to Assad, no true allegiance to Iran. Just for show.

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