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Old March 16th, 2009 #21
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jewsign Financial crisis slams Russia’s billionaire Jews

MOSCOW (JTA) -- Russia's Jewish billionaires lost more than two-thirds of their wealth in 2008, according to figures released by Forbes magazine.

At the same time, wealthy Jewish philanthropists with ties to the former Soviet Union also saw their fortunes drastically reduced in the latest sign that it will be difficult for the Russian-speaking Jewish community to depend on the largesse of local donors.

How the losses will curtail the billionaires' philanthropy cannot be predicted but funding, especially in Jewish education, already has seen significant cuts.

In Russia alone, Jewish billionaires collectively saw the value of their assets and holdings drop from $99.4 to $32.1 billion. A JTA analysis of the Forbes list released last week includes only those Jewish billionaires who have given to Jewish philanthropies or openly identify themselves as Jewish.

In all, 55 Russians dropped off the magazine's annual list of billionaires this year, and the 32 that remain all lost significant chunks of wealth.

Most notably, Roman Abramovich and Mikhail Fridman, who have lent significant financial support to philanthropic efforts in recent years, saw their fortunes plummet in 2008. Forbes said Fridman, No. 20 on the list, lost $14.5 billion, but the prominent Russian business daily Vedomosti said the magazine overstated his losses along with his colleagues at the Alfa Group. The group includes several other Jewish philanthropists who started a fund last year to develop Jewish identity in the region.

Abramovich, who now manages his wealth from Britain, in recent years has regularly funded the construction of synagogues and other Jewish buildings across the former Soviet Union for the Chabad-run Federation of Jewish Communities. While new construction projects are off the table for now, the projects that were in place before the economic crisis hit will be completed, said Baruch Gorin, a spokesman for the federation.

Four Russian Jews fell off the billionaires' list completely, including Moshe Kantor, the former head of the Russian Jewish Congress, who lost $1.9 billion. The list concurred with previous reports that Lev Leviev, for years the largest donor to education programs in the former Soviet Union, had lost more than two-thirds of his $4.5 billion fortune. The Or Avner school network, which he founded and continues to fund, had its budget cut by one-third.

Aside from Russia, big-name Jewish donors from Ukraine lost nearly two-thirds of their wealth as well in a country where the financial system is teetering on the edge of collapse.

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Thumbs up Monument to Lenin blown up in St. Petersburg center

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A Lenin monument has been attacked in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. The offenders made an 80 by 100 cm hole in the monument to the famous communist leader, allegedly using a grenade launcher or a bomb.

Around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a small bomb went off on Finlandsky Station square in the city center. The explosion was aimed at the monument to the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin, Russian news agencies reported. The monument is one of the thousands of memorials to the Soviet icon that remain all over the former USSR territory after the breakdown of the empire.

Lenin’s figure was “damaged from behind by an explosion”, the police said. Street lamps surrounding the monument were broken. No injuries were reported.

According to the reports, the hole that the explosion left in the hollow metal monument is around one meter in diameter.

Explosives experts are working at the site of the incident, trying to establish the exact type of the explosive, reportedly either a bomb or a grenade shot from a grenade-launcher.

In late February, a monument to Lenin was attacked in the Orel Region, south of Moscow. Someone fired a hunting gun several times into the figure’s head.

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Russia's Medvedev says US missile shield plans complicate arms balance

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that U.S. plans for a missile shield in Europe threaten to disrupt the weapons balance between the two countries.

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Putin’s real crime is that he has refused to play by the rules of globalization. In fact, he has done something rather remarkable, indeed, unheard of these days in most Western countries—he has sought to pursue policies that truly are in Russia’s interest. Putin recently commented, “Russians will never allow for the development of the country along a destructive path, the way it happened in some countries in the post-Soviet space.” In other words, Putin is uninterested in Wilsonian crusades in the Middle East, undermining his own economy with suicidal free-trade pacts, driving down wages with Third World immigration, or turning over Russia’s beloved oil and gas assets to multinational corporations. Putin is doing what he was elected to do: protect Russia.

And in doing so, Putin has proven himself a true Russian patriot. Concerning immigration, Putin has instigated rules to make even Rep. Tom Tancredo appear coy. Recognizing that illegal immigrants are driving down wages in an already depressed economy as well as inciting anger among Russia’s native lower classes, Putin has steered towards a path of attrition. He has sought to reduce the presence of foreign workers at wholesale and retail markets, which had become magnets to illegal immigrants. He said that authorities should “protect the interests of Russian producers” and “the native population of Russia.” In other words, Russians first.
Encouraging.

There is genetic-saving wisdom in a strategic retreat for the White race from all over the world into Russia. Good for Russia. Good for the White race. (Too bad the dominant language in Russia is Russian -- not an easy language to learn -- even a different alphabet.) I think Russia would welcome, for instance, White South Africans. Unfortunately, an ever increasing number of White SA's can no longer AFFORD to emigrate to Russia -- as the anti-white discriminatory business governmental policies force more and more Whites into poverty. Nevertheless, many White SA's could be saved. It would be wonderful for Putin to openly encourage such a migration to one of the historical White motherlands of our people -- and to back this up by paying the emigration costs.
 
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What is a "Russian" jewish billionaire?

An inordinantly successful jew parasite TICK bloated with unearned wealth sucked from the life-blood of White Russians and White Russia.

THERE SHOULD BE NO "RUSSIAN" JEWISH BILLIONAIRES.

(Probably, Putin agrees with this sentiment, this concept.)
 
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St. Petersburg, Russia - China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.
Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economie More..s.

"About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies," Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

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West “trying to strangle” Belarus

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MINSK -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday Western countries were preparing direct interference in his country's affairs.

He also added that the West was trying "to strangle the country with a slipknot."

"First there were political threats, disavowal of [presidential] elections, [European] entry bans and economic sanctions. Then there was an instigation of turmoil on our foreign currency market and dances on the bones after the blast at the Oktyabrskaya metro station," Lukashenko said addressing the parliament and his people.

Earlier in the week, the Belarusian president hit out at Western powers for "not sending condolences" to the people of Belarus following the April 11 terrorist attack at the Oktyabrskaya subway station in Minsk that killed 13 and wounded over 150 people.

"These are all links of one chain aimed to plant mistrust for the authorities and to strangle the country with a slipknot. They want to force us to be just like everybody else, like they are eventually. We are like a bone in their throat," he said.

"If they try to bend us, to bring us down to our knees, we will at least resist. We will fight for our plot of land," the president added.

Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, was reelected in disputed polls in December. Dozens of opposition figures, including political rivals, were arrested after violent protests in Minsk following the announcement of the presidential result.
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| Friday 29.04.2011 | 16:08

Russian government troops kill ten militants

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MOSCOW -- Russian soldiers have killed at least 10 suspected militants in the turbulent north Caucasus region during a two-day anti-terrorism operation, officials say.

Eight men and two women were shot dead by special forces troops on Thursday along the border of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria and the southern Stavropol province, according to an Interfax news agency.

A further six Islamic militants were killed during a security sweep by Russian troops in the neighboring Republic of Dagestan.

The attacks are part of an intensified campaign by the Kremlin to eliminate anti-government rebels in the North Caucasus region, which has long been called upon to become an independent emirate by Islamic extremists.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced in 2002 that attacks against mostly ethnic Chechen fighters were "over," but anti-government troops have continued to wage a low-intensity guerrilla war against the Russian military.

Tensions in the conflict escalated in January after 36 people were killed in a terror bombing of Moscow's Domodedovo airport. A militant Islamic suicide bomber was accused of the attack.

No Russian casualties were reported in the two-day raids.
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Few pics from the protest in front of Serbian embassy in Moscow calling for the release of Serb nationalists who languish in Serb prisons.













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Russian nationalists join forces to form new organization

May 5th, 2011

Leaders of several nationalist groups have created united organization called “the Russians,” the former head of the banned Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) has said.

According to Dmitry Demushkin, earlier this week the political council of the new organization elected the leadership and decided issues of the management. The new union’s immediate goal is to facilitate “ethnic and political solidarity of Slavic Russians,” while its future task is “establishing the national government and declaration of the Russian national state,” he told Interfax.

The new movement has a rather complex structure and will be headed in rotation by Demushkin, Aleksandr Turik and Stanislav Vorobyev. Demushkin, in his words, will also head “the supreme national council” responsible for strategic and current activities. Aleksandr Belov will head the supervisory board, while Vladimir Basmanov was appointed the coordinator of the national political council.

In April, the Moscow City Court banned the DPNI, whose leaders were accused by prosecutors of participating in events “aimed at igniting interethnic hatred.” Belov, the founder of the movement had warned that the DPNI could be replaced by “another interesting project” to unite different nationalist groups.

He also said the new organization may be involved not only in issues of illegal immigration, but also “political and social demands.” The DPNI was created in 2002 as a reaction to illegal immigration and cases of interethnic clashes between Slavic Russians and foreigners.

Human rights activists are alarmed by the emergence of the new nationalists’ movement. Svetlana Gannushkina, head of NGO Citizens’ Assistance, believes the nationalist ideas attract part of the Russian society who are not satisfied with their living conditions. For many, such ideas are a “means to channel their aggression,” she told Interfax.

Gannushkina, who assists refugees, also believes that to speak about the national state means “to cut much of what we call Russia.”

The new movement has yet to be registered by the authorities to start its activities.

http://www.eutimes.net/2011/05/russi...-organization/
 
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Russian nationalists join forces to form new organization

May 5th, 2011

Leaders of several nationalist groups have created united organization called “the Russians,” the former head of the banned Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) has said.

According to Dmitry Demushkin, earlier this week the political council of the new organization elected the leadership and decided issues of the management. The new union’s immediate goal is to facilitate “ethnic and political solidarity of Slavic Russians,” while its future task is “establishing the national government and declaration of the Russian national state,” he told Interfax.

The new movement has a rather complex structure and will be headed in rotation by Demushkin, Aleksandr Turik and Stanislav Vorobyev. Demushkin, in his words, will also head “the supreme national council” responsible for strategic and current activities. Aleksandr Belov will head the supervisory board, while Vladimir Basmanov was appointed the coordinator of the national political council.

In April, the Moscow City Court banned the DPNI, whose leaders were accused by prosecutors of participating in events “aimed at igniting interethnic hatred.” Belov, the founder of the movement had warned that the DPNI could be replaced by “another interesting project” to unite different nationalist groups.

He also said the new organization may be involved not only in issues of illegal immigration, but also “political and social demands.” The DPNI was created in 2002 as a reaction to illegal immigration and cases of interethnic clashes between Slavic Russians and foreigners.

Human rights activists are alarmed by the emergence of the new nationalists’ movement. Svetlana Gannushkina, head of NGO Citizens’ Assistance, believes the nationalist ideas attract part of the Russian society who are not satisfied with their living conditions. For many, such ideas are a “means to channel their aggression,” she told Interfax.

Gannushkina, who assists refugees, also believes that to speak about the national state means “to cut much of what we call Russia.”

The new movement has yet to be registered by the authorities to start its activities.

http://www.eutimes.net/2011/05/russi...-organization/
 
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Two Russian Nationalists Jailed Over Moscow Murders

5/6/2011 6:24 AM ET

(RTTNews) - A court in Russia has sentenced two Russian nationalists to lengthy prison terms over the deaths of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova in 2009, reports said on Friday.

Nikita Tikhonov, who was found guilty of shooting Markelov and Baburova in central Moscow in January 2009, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Tikhonov's companion Yevgenia Khasis was jailed for 18 years for assisting him in the murders.

Markelov and Baburova were both employees of the Opposition Novaya Gazeta newspaper which specializes in human rights cases. A leading lawyer Markelov had incensed nationalists by defending Chechens who were victims of alleged human rights violations by Russian forces.

Last week the trial court pronounced the duo guilty after a Moscow jury had established their involvement in the shocking incident that made headlines.

During the trial, Prosecutors had said Tikhonov was the one who fired at the victims while Khasis tailed them as they proceeded to a Moscow metro station after attending a news conference

Following the arrest of Tikhonov and Khasis in November 2009, authorities had accused them of being members of Russian National Unity (RNU), proscribed by Moscow. However, this elicited a firm rebuttal of charges from RNU which said the duo had never been associated with it.

Tikhonov and Khasis have denied the charges and defense lawyers said they will approach the European Court of Human Rights.

The shocking murders committed in broad daylight had led to accusations from the international community that Kremlin was not doing enough to rein in criminal elements

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Russian skinheads jailed for race attacks

07:00 AEST Fri May 6 2011

A Russian court has jailed 19 skinheads for up to nine years for carrying out a series of brutal race attacks, including two murders, and then posting films of the assaults on the internet.

The group's leader, Andrei Linok, 20, who goes by the alias Lincoln-88, received the highest sentence of nine years at the hearing in Saint Petersburg, while the other gang members, aged 17 to 23, received lesser terms of up to seven years, a court spokesman told AFP on Thursday.

The group were convicted of 12 hate crimes in 2007 against non-Slavic looking people, including the murders of an Armenian and an Uzbek.

Their trial had heard how the gang filmed many of the attacks and uploaded them onto the internet, prosecutors said.

At the time of the attacks, Linok was in his final year of school in the town of Zelenogorsk. Most of the other members were minors.

Photographs posted on a neo-Nazi website show Linok, a slight figure with cropped brown hair, throwing Hitler salutes and posing with the flag of the banned nationalist group, the Movement against Illegal Immigration (DPNI).

The DPNI was banned as extremist by a Moscow court last month.

It earlier announced plans to join forces with an already banned group, the Slavic Union, to create a unified national movement called Russkiye, or Russians.

Attacks against foreigners of non-European appearance occur regularly in Russia, although the authorities say numbers have been dropping amid a crackdown on extremist organisations.

An NGO that monitors hate crimes, Sova, said in a report released in March that there were 37 hate killings in 2010, while 382 people were injured in attacks with racist or neo-Nazi motives


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Intl. condemnation after Belarus jails opposition leader

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MINSK -- Leading Belarusian opposition figure Andrei Sannikov was sentenced to five years in prison on Saturday.

The charges held against him are the organization of mass disturbances in the aftermath of the country's last presidential election.

"Sannikov is guilty of organizing mass disturbances, accompanied by violence," judge Natalya Chetvertakova said.

"Look after my loved ones!" Sannikov shouted from the courtroom cage after the verdict was read out. He has denied all the charges against him.

The 57-year-old is one of Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko's main political opponents and was one of the leaders of public protests against Lukashenko's disputed election victory in the 2010 vote.

He was one of seven candidates running against the controversial leader.

Four other defendants where handed sentences of up to three and a half years. A number of other opposition activists are still awaiting trial in connection with last year's unrest.

The verdict immediately drew widespread international condemnation with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle saying that "the verdict is not based on the rule of law but an expression of the political will of President Lukashenko."

Britain slammed the sentence as "a new low for the rule of law in Belarus."

The U.S. State Department said in a statement that Washington considered those sentenced "to be political prisoners," and called for their immediate release and an end to human rights violations in the country often described as Europe's last dictatorship.


Since the regime's crackdown on the opposition after the 2010 election, the EU and the U.S. have imposed sanctions on Belarus and imposed a travel ban on Lukashenko and 150 other members of the country's political elite.

Luskashenko has been in power in Belarus for almost 17 years.
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Sunday 24.07.2011 | 15:26

Police kill three militants in Russia's Dagestan

Source: Ria novosti

MAKHACHKALA -- Police have killed three suspected militants, including a woman, in a security sweep in the Republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti reported.

The operation took place in the Republic of Dagestan in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, a police source said on Sunday.

Police launched a special operation early on Sunday after blocking a group of militants in a house in the town of Dagestaniskiye Ogni, some 120 km (75 miles) south of the capital Makhachkala. A counter-terrorist regime was imposed to battle the gunmen.

"According to preliminary information, police killed two militants and a woman, the common-law wife of one of those killed. Another woman was detained," the police source said.

More that a decade after the end of a federal war against separatists in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Russian security forces continue to fight militants in other regions in the area, who stage frequent attacks on security forces, police and civilians.
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NATO warned by Moscow over shield

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

BELGRADE - Agence France-Presse


Russia could take steps of “a technically military nature” if its objections to NATO’s planned missile defense system are not heeded, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a Serbian daily yesterday.

“If our partners in the future continue to ignore out position we should protect our interests by other means... Concrete measures might be needed... a response of a technically military nature,” Lavrov told Belgrade’s Vecernje Novosti in an interview published yesterday. “We would not wish such a development,” he added. Lavrov made his comments in light of the deal signed mid-September between Washington and Serbia’s neighbor Romania to host U.S. missile interceptors.

His comments come on the same day as a visit by Romanian President Traian Basescu to Belgrade. “I am forced to conclude that the signing of the deal (between Bucharest and Washington) is an additional link in a chain of events that shows that the U.S. has stepping up their plans to construct their missile shield without taking into account Russia’s concerns,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov said Oct. 31 in Moscow that Russia wants to break the deadlock over the missile shield in Europe by talks between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama. According to NATO and Washington, the planned Europe-wide ballistic missile shield is aimed at thwarting missile threats from Iran.

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Monday 9.01.2012 | 17:29

Chechnya: 8 dead as security forces clash with terrorists

Source: Tanjug

MOSCOW -- Three Russian policemen and a member of the interior army were killed, while 12 were injured in Chechnya as they clashed with a group of local terrorists.

The Itar-Tass news agency reported that the incident occurred in the Vedensky region, near the town of Tazen Kala, where security forces came across a well-entrenched terrorist base.

According to Russian officials, terrorists resisted arrest. RIA Novosti reported that four Islamic insurgents were also killed, and that 16 Russian servicemen were wounded.

"The bandits also suffered losses. At least three were killed," a Russian security forces official said, and added that the operation to destroy the base would continue with daylight on Monday.

The security officials also stated that the operation was rendered complicated by the fact the location was a mountainous region.
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MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Seventeen police and at least seven insurgents were killed in four days of fighting on the border between the Chechnya and Dagestan provinces in Russia's North Caucasus, police said on Saturday.

The toll among government forces was the biggest in months in the region along Russia's southern border, where it faces an Islamist insurgency more than a decade after driving separatists from power in a war in Chechnya.

Another 24 police and security troops were wounded in the fighting, state-run news agency RIA cited Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev as telling President Dmitry Medvedev.

He said the government forces had been ambushed, but it was unclear when that happened. Other reports suggested the police were killed at various times during the fighting.

Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on Friday seven members of an armed group had been killed, including its leader.

Russian forces fought two wars against Chechen rebels, first in 1994-1996 and again beginning in 1999.

Chechnya has been rebuilt but fighting persists there and insurgents carry out nearly daily attacks in neighbouring Dagestan and Ingushetia. Rights groups say heavy-handed police tactics fuel the rebellion.

The insurgents based in the mostly Muslim North Caucasus have also struck with suicide bombings in Moscow, including a blast that killed 37 people at Russia's busiest airport in January 2011.

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Monday 20.02.2012 | 12:21

Vladimir Putin announces "stronger Russian army"

Source: Tanjug

MOSCOW -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin laid out his vision of Russia's military modernization in an article published in the pro-government daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta.



Putin is running to reclaim presidency in the March 4 election.

In his article, Putin noted that the development potential of the military infrastructure of the former USSR has been exhausted, and that further investment and reliance on that infrastructure would be meaningless.

The prime minister presented his plans to create a new, professional and highly trained army, and analyzed international relations, stressing that his country would under no circumstances give up on its potential for strategic deterrence - and that it would strengthen it further.

According to Putin, EUR 575bn will be invested in order to modernize the armed forces and defense industry during this decade.

"This is does not represent a militarization of the Russian budges," wrote Putin. "In fact, the money that we will set aside will pay the bill for the years when the army and the navy were chronically underfunded, while other countries increased their military strength."

While he believes that the likelihood of a global war between nuclear powers was low, Putin noted new local and regional wars, and attempts to transfer them to Russia's borders. The principles of international law have been devalued and destroyed, wrote the Russian premier.

"Under these circumstances, Russia cannot rely solely on diplomatic and economic methods in order to solve conflicts," he said.

Putin is also in favor of rebuilding the Russian navy "in the full sense of the word", and "especially in the north and the Far East". Big powers have already started their activities related to the area of the Arctic, and that represents a challenge to Russia's interests in the region, according to him.

Putin announced that the army should have "at least 70 percent new armaments by 2020", and added that it will have at its disposal "400 new inter-continental ballistic missiles, 20 submarines, 50 ships, 100 satellites, 600 jets, including 5th generation aircraft, 28 regiments with S-400 missile systems, 2,300 tanks and 17,000 modern vehicles".

While the military should be professionalized, "men should be ready to defend the country", Putin warned.

The prime minister, who is favorite to win next month's presidential elections, has chosen not to take part in public debates with other candidates. However, for six weeks now, he has been publishing articles each Monday detailing his stances on various subjects.
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May 4, 2012 | 13:04

13 killed in twin blasts in Russia’s Dagestan

Source: VOA

MOSCOW -- Russian officials are blaming suicide bombers for twin attacks in the Republic of Dagestan, in the North Caucasus region.

The blasts killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 100 others.

Authorities said the first blast involved a car, which exploded as police approached it at a check point in Makhachkala, Dagestan's capital. The second explosion occurred as emergency responders arrived on the scene of the initial blast. The explosions ignited fires, which damaged several other vehicles.

Police have been targets of similar attacks in Dagestan by Islamist insurgents.

Last March, a double suicide bombing killed at least 40 people in Moscow. The two women responsible for the subway attacks were from Dagestan.

Russia has battled Islamist insurgency attacks on police and government officials in the North Caucasus region where there are nearly daily attacks on government officials.
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