06MOSCOW1388, FSB OPERATION IN STAVROPOL DISTRICT: ANOTHER

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06MOSCOW1388 2006-02-14 09:06 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO6227
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #1388 0450906
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 140906Z FEB 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0674
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 001388 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/14/2016 
TAGS: PTER MOPS PINR PGOV RS
SUBJECT: FSB OPERATION IN STAVROPOL DISTRICT:  ANOTHER 
ETHNIC GROUP PRODUCES EXTREMISTS 
 
Classified By: Acting PolMinCouns Bruce Donahue.  Reason 1.4 (b, d) 
 
1. (U) Press February 13-14 reported an FSB operation against 
an "extremist Islamist" cell in the town of Tukuy-Mekteb, in 
Russia's Stavropol Kray.  Tukuy-Mekteb lies along a regional 
road about 15 km west of the Dagestani Border and 45 km north 
of the border with Chechnya.  Initial reports said twelve 
extremists and a smaller number of security forces were 
killed.  "Kommersant" reported February 14, however, that 
only eight bodies of extremists have been found so far. 
 
2.  (U) About 50-60,000 ethnic Nogays live in Russia, 
remnants of the once-great Nogay Horde of the Mongol Khans. 
They are divided among Stavropol Kray, Dagestan (the part of 
Dagestan closest to Tukuy-Mekteb is called the "Nogay 
Steppe") and Chechnya.  Of the 10,000 Nogays who inhabited 
Chechnya before 1994, about half remain there.  The rest 
moved to Dagestan or Stavropol to escape the fighting. 
 
3. (U)  The Stavropol Kray Prosecutor has identified seven of 
the eight bodies, according to "Kommersant."  Five were from 
Tukuy-Mekteb itself, although a relative of one was 
implicated in a suicide truck bombing in Groznyy in 2003. 
The other two were identified as native to Chechnya. 
 
4. (C) A GOR source clarified that all cell members were 
Nogays.  It is unclear whether the natives of Chechnya were 
still living there or were among those who had moved in the 
1990s.  The source asserted that the group members appear to 
have received training in Chechnya and were well-armed. 
 
5. (C) Comment:  The operation highlights the spread of 
armed, anti-Russian religious extremists to new sets of 
ethnic groups in the North Caucasus.  It is difficult to 
generalize about the political views of the complex Caucasian 
clans and sub-clans, with their internal rivalries and feuds, 
and the Nogays are no exception.  But it does appear that 
Nogays showed little or no sympathy for Dudayev's separatism 
during the first Chechen war (1994-96), and those in Chechnya 
tended to side with Federal Russian authorities.  The spread 
of Jihadist Islam appears to have undermined that orientation. 
BURNS

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