Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wahhabism reaches the heart of Russia

A look at Turkey's relations with ISIS is here, and one report was not encouraging.  The RIA report below suggests that the US and Russia have a common interest in opposing all Salafist gropes, including ISIS, in Syria and Iraq.  Russia is already sending bombers to the Iraqi central government, and technicians to teach Iraqis how to use them

Tell why the US media doesn't report on US -Russia commodity nearly ass much as it reports on the differences in Ukraine.

Russia should be invited to join Europe.  Ethnic Russians think of themselves as European..  If the EU cooperates with Russia to modify internal obstacles to joining the EU as it worked with Turkey, the World would be a better place.

Tuva won't care, one way or the other.

Emphasis in italics and images are added.

Russian security forces conducting anti-terrorist operation

MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) - Since the early 1990s radical Islam was one of Russia’s most serious security threats, spreading across its regions and attracting more and more Jihadi followers.
According to political scientist Igor Dobaev, the Islamic radicalization process is an ongoing one; it is expanding its influence to new regions and has led to a growing number of radical groups. While the North Caucasus remains a hotbed for Jihadi activity, Islamic extremism has also strengthened its positions in the Volga region and in larger cities of central Russia.

Note that the region extends into the Caucasus.

And see Springtime of Nation, a spritely, deadly serious blog  that describes itself thusly:  

An irreverent, informative blog about separatism, autonomy, indigenous rights, interethnic conflict, balkanization, and micronationalism—with maps & flags in every article!  

Living in Russia today would be interesting and lively and not safe.

The Volga region, especially the Republics of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan experienced an Islamic revival in the early 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. 

The growth of Islam has inspired a rise in extremism. A considerable number of Muslims had an opportunity to study Islam abroad, where they were radicalized and became advocates of Jihad, or holy warfare. After returning home, they attempted to proselytize the Islamist religious trend and attract new followers. The situation was also “heated up” by the Caucasian jihadists, who launched information campaigns, appealing for armed resistance  With more than 12 million Muslims living within these republics and in their neighboring areas, radical Islam had every opportunity to spread quickly throughout the population.
As CSIS informs, the first terrorist attacks on Islamic religious leaders from the Republic of Tatarstan took place in July 2012. Three months later, Russian security forces prevented an extensive act of terrorism in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan.

What is troubling is that the radical ideology is becoming more attractive to ethnic Russians who live in central regions. The media often uses the term “Russian Wahhabism” to refer to former Orthodox Christians who have adopted radical Islam and participate in terrorist activities. [Note:  is it as if Texas Christians were to begin to adoptee Wahhabism?]  The phenomenon of “Russian Wahhabism” represents a new challenge for Russia’s security forces, since it makes the prevention of terrorism acts and the detection of potential criminals more and more complicated.

Images of Republic of Tatarstan (few people shown)

and Bashkortostan


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