02 December 2011, 13:00

Armed conflict in Northern Caucasus: 1203 victims in 11 months of 2011

During 11 months of 2011, that is, from January 1 to November 30, at least 1203 persons fell victim of the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus, including 684 casualties and 519 injured persons. These are the results of calculations made by the "Caucasian Knot" based on the data from its own correspondents and information from open sources.

With account of the data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Dagestan, the "Caucasian Knot" is publishing the updated results of calculations. The absolute leadership among the regions of Northern Caucasus by the number of victims – 685 persons – belongs to Dagestan, which was also ahead of all by the total number of conflict victims in the first half of 2011. From the start of the year, this republic saw 371 casualties and 314 injured persons.

With account of the data of the Committee of Inquiry of Russia, the "Caucasian Knot" is publishing the updated results of calculations. The runner-up is Chechnya, which had – as of November 30 – 200 victims of the armed conflict of law enforcers and members of the underground, including 94 casualties and 106 injured persons. The third place is occupied by Kabardino-Balkaria: 158 victims, among which 116 casualties and 42 injured persons.

Then, in descending order we have: Ingushetia (103 victims: 69 casualties and 34 injured persons); North Ossetia (25 victims: 16 casualties and 9 injured persons), Karachay-Cherkessia (24 victims: 15 casualties and 9 injured persons) and the Stavropol Territory (8 victims: 3 casualties and 5 injured persons).

Losses among power agents and underground

The losses among the members of the armed underground in Northern Caucasus during the first 11 months of 2011, according to police reports, reached 351 persons. These are people who died as a result of self-explosions and who were liquidated by power agents in their fight against militants. Of the above total number, 156 casualties belong to Dagestan, 73 – to Kabardino-Balkaria, 61 – to Chechnya, 40 – to Ingushetia, 15 – to North Ossetia and 6 – to Karachay-Cherkessia.

Besides, 348 persons, involved – according to law enforcement bodies – in the armed underground, were detained. Of them, 146 persons were detained in Chechnya, 97 – in Dagestan, 73 – in Kabardino-Balkaria, 22 – in Ingushetia, 7 – in Karachay-Cherkessia and 3 – in the Stavropol Territory.

The "Caucasian Knot" hereby emphasizes that the statistics of militants assumes alleged members of the armed underground – the persons who were declared as such by law enforcement bodies.

The losses among power agents from the start of the year in Northern Caucasus as a result of attacks, bombings, armed clashes and attempts include at least 171 casualties, including 95 persons perished in Dagestan, 28 – in Kabardino-Balkaria, 21 – in Chechnya, 19 – in Ingushetia, 6 – in Karachay-Cherkessia, 1 – in North Ossetia and 1 – in the Stavropol Territory.

Other 368 persons in this category were injured, namely, 191 persons – in Dagestan, 97 – in Chechnya, 32 – in Kabardino-Balkaria, 29 – in Ingushetia, 8 – in Karachay-Cherkessia, 6 – in North Ossetia and 5 – in the Stavropol Territory.

Civilian victims

The confrontation of power agents and the armed underground affects also the civilian population of Northern Caucasus – peaceful people fall victim of the armed conflict.

Since the start of 2011, in Northern Caucasus, attacks, bombings, shootings and attempts took away lives of at least 162 civilians: 120 – in Dagestan, 15 – in Kabardino-Balkaria, 12 – in Chechnya, 10 - in Ingushetia, 3 – in Karachay-Cherkessia and 2 – in the Stavropol Territory.

At least 151 civilians were injured, including 123 – in Dagestan, 10 – in Kabardino-Balkaria, 9 – in Chechnya, 5 – in Ingushetia, 3 – in North Ossetia and 1 – in Karachay-Cherkessia.

Besides, kidnapping and disappearances continue in Northern Caucasus. In total, during 11 months of 2011, the regions of the North-Caucasian Federal District (NCFD) registered at least 64 such incidents, 28 of them happened in Dagestan, 20 – in Chechnya, 13 – in Ingushetia, 3 – in Kabardino-Balkaria.

It should be understood that the above figures cannot reflect with absolute accuracy the number of victims in each of the highlighted categories. Not all the data is placed in news reports. It is not always possible to check how true the statements of law enforcers are. There are difficulties in identifying body remains – the lack of adequate laboratories is still an acute problem, which affects the duration and quality of examinations.

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