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The Terrorism-Corruption Nexus in the North Caucasus

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Two terrorist attacks have shaken Russia in the past year: the bombing of the Nevsky Express train en route to St. Petersburg in November 2009 and the double suicide explosion in the Moscow metro in March 2010. Both are directly related to the latest wave of terrorism in the North Caucasus, which has been on the rise since mid-2009 and is a transfiguration rather than a recurrence of the insurgency-terrorist campaign of 2002-2004. That series of attacks—from the hostage taking in Moscow’s Nord-Ost theatre to the school massacre in Beslan, North Ossetia—was a spillover from the second Chechen war, but now this subjugated republic is firmly controlled by a homegrown tyrant. [...]

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Research Professor
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)