26 May 2017, 01:33

"Caucasian Knot" registers sharp increase in number of young people in Chechen armed underground

According to the own calculations of the "Caucasian Knot", 13-20 militants killed in Chechnya in 2016 were younger than 35 years old. This figure indicates a significant increase in the number of young people among members of the armed underground as compared with 2015, when six out of 10 suspected militants killed in Chechnya were younger than 35 years old.

The "Caucasian Knot" collected information about suspected militants who were killed or wounded in armed clashes with law enforcers and during terror acts in 2015 and 2016. The "Caucasian Knot" supplemented the official information about the age of those people with its own data. However, not all information was confirmed by independent sources.

The detailed information about killed and wounded militants is compiled in the material "The Chechen armed underground is growing, but getting younger", posted in the section "Guide".

Earlier, experts interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot" noted that in Chechnya, young people are interested in the ideology of the "Islamic State" (IS) because of bad situation of their families, discontent with arbitrariness of power and need for self-determination under the conditions of planted religious dogmas. However, the experts see no large-scale adherence to the IS ideas among people in Chechnya.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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