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14 May 2019, 23:37

Veterans of special services doubt version about detention of militants in Chechnya

Sergey Goncharov, the president of the Alpha Anti-Terrorism Unit Veterans' Association, and Gennady Gudkov, the retired FSB Colonel, doubt the credibility of the reports about the detention of militants in Chechnya. Political analyst Alexander Perendjiev suggests that people undesired by the Chechen authorities could be declared militants.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in April and May, in Chechnya, law enforcers detained nine suspected militants and seized grenades and a knife from them. According to sources, the detainees planned attacks on law enforcers and swore allegiance to the terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS), banned in Russia by the court.

"It's ridiculous to hear that suspected terrorist were allegedly carrying the 'written IS oath' with them in Chechnya, where the serious struggle against militants is underway," said Sergey Goncharov.

"Such large-scale detentions, especially with weapons, take place quite rare ... The lack of official information raises doubts about its credibility," noted political analyst Alexander Perendjiev.

"Chechnya is a clan republic, with a struggle for power and financial flows. Despite the tough policy of the Chechen leader, there are people in Chechnya who are not happy with the Ramzan Kadyrov's ruling. The people undesired by the authorities could be declared the IS terrorists after discovery of rounds at their place. And something illegal could also be planted to them," said the expert.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on May 14, 2019 at 04:10 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Oleg Krasnov; Source: CK correspondent

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