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Islamist website: Leader of Caucasus Emirate is dead

MOSCOW, March 18 (UPI) -- Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, head of the Caucasus Emirate, has become a "martyr," a Chechen website said Tuesday.

Russia seeks Ukrainian who allegedly appealed to Chechen warlord

KIEV, Ukraine, March 3 (UPI) -- A Ukrainian who allegedly sought help from a Chechen warlord via social media is being sought in Russia on extremism charges, Russian investigators said Monday.
New video emerges threatening attack at Sochi Winter Olympics

New video emerges threatening attack at Sochi Winter Olympics

Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A video threatening to attack the Sochi Winter Olympic Games was posted Sunday to a well-known jihadi website forum.
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State Department issues travel warning for 2014 Winter Olympics

State Department issues travel warning for 2014 Winter Olympics

Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State issued a new travel warning for U.S. citizens planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February and March.
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Security forces at 'combat alert' ahead of Winter Olympics

Security forces at 'combat alert' ahead of Winter Olympics

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Security in and around Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, has been heightened and tightened as part of a Russian government effort to ensure safety for the games.
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Russia's terrorist attack and the message for China

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Those responsible for the Dec. 28 and 29 terrorist attacks on a railway station and trolley bus in Volgograd, Russia, have yet to step forward -- although their identity will come as no surprise.
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Investigation into Volgograd bombings focuses on Chechen insurgent

Investigation into Volgograd bombings focuses on Chechen insurgent

VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The investigation into the two bombings in Volgograd, Russia, has begun focusing on a Chechen insurgent considered Russia's Osama bin Laden, officials said.

Court sentences 4 men for roles in 2011 attack on Moscow airport

MOSCOW, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A court sentenced four men to prison, three getting life terms, Monday for their roles in a 2011 attack on a Moscow airport that killed 37 people and hurt 172.
Russia: Would-be Putin assassin pleads guilty

Russia: Would-be Putin assassin pleads guilty

MOSCOW, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Kazakh national tied to an elaborate plot to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin may face a lighter jail sentence after pleading guilty, a court said.

Russia assures Sochi Olympic games will be secure

MOSCOW, July 3 (UPI) -- Russian security officials said the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi would be safe despite a recent threat from a militant leader in Chechnya.

Al-Qaida may laud Boston bombings

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida may capitalize on the twin bombings last week in Boston because of the Chechen rebel campaign, former CIA officer Bruce Riedel writes.

Russia denies links between bombing suspects, extremist groups

MOSCOW, April 21 (UPI) -- Russian officials have denied links between the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and extremist groups in the North Caucasus.
Bombings put spotlight on Chechnya conflict

Bombings put spotlight on Chechnya conflict

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- The identification of two Chechen brothers as Boston bombing suspects has put the spotlight on a conflict U.S. leaders have said is an internal Russian matter.
Suspect questioned in Putin plot

Suspect questioned in Putin plot

MOSCOW, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Russian investigators are questioning a man suspected in an alleged plot to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin, RIA Novosti reported.

Militant group blamed in Ingushetia deaths

MOSCOW, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Ingushetia officials on Tuesday blamed a group led by Doku Umarov for a bombing that killed eight police officers and seriously injured 15 others.
Court orders Chechen's extradition

Court orders Chechen's extradition

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A man suspected of attempting to kill Russia's prime minister weeks before the presidential election will be extradited to Russia, a Ukrainian court has ruled.

4 sentenced to life for train bombing

MOSCOW, May 22 (UPI) -- A Chechen separatist leader and three others were sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the 2009 bombing of a train between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Chechen militant wanted in Putin kill plot

MOSCOW, April 13 (UPI) -- Chechen Islamist militant and Russia's most wanted man, Doku Umarov, will be charged in absentia with plotting to assassinate Vladimir Putin, authorities say.
Attempt on Putin's life thwarted

Attempt on Putin's life thwarted

MOSCOW, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A security official in Moscow said "members of a criminal gang" were arrested after plotting to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Report: Putin target of assassination plot

MOSCOW, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Russian and Ukrainian security services seized several men accused of plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Russian state TV reported Monday.

U.S. offers reward for Chechen bin Laden

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- Washington said it was offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the location of Doku Umarov, described as Chechnya's Osama bin Laden.

Chechen al-Qaida leader killed

MOSCOW, May 4 (UPI) -- Abdullah Kurd, said to be a leader of al-Qaida in the North Caucasus, was killed by Russian Special Forces in Chechnya, the Russian government said.

Chechen rebel leader Umarov resurfaces?

MOSCOW, April 8 (UPI) -- Russian Special Forces should expect a response from Chechen rebels, a man claiming to be rebel leader Doku Umarov warned.

Uncertainty on claims of Chechen insurgent

MOSCOW, March 30 (UPI) -- More testing is needed to determine whether Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov was among those killed in an assault Monday in Ingushetia, officials said.

Russia's bin Laden dead?

MOSCOW, March 29 (UPI) -- Doku Umarov, the man dubbed the Chechen version of Osama bin Laden, may have been killed in an attack by Russian forces, a regional leader suggested.
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