Dagestan is known in Russia for producing a lot of Islamic separatists. Russia is a huge country, made up of several oblasts, which are home to a
variety of ethnic groups. When most people think of Russia, they think of the European part to the west of the Ural mountains, like Moscow and St
Petersburg. In Moscow there are some tensions between Slavic people and people from the Caucasus region, and the history of violence in the Caucasian
region doesn't help, and neither does the terrorists attack in Moscow courtesy of Muslim extremists. During military service, quite often the
Dagestani men and the white Slavic men will be divided, and in many parts of Russia outside the Caucasus area, Dagestani people have a particularly
I'm not surprised at people hailing from Dagestan or the Caucasus region in general are showing sympathies towards the Islamic State. It's the trendy
new movement pretty much, and it's very well funded. A lot of these people would rather have their part of the world separated from Russian control,
but of course, Russia won't give them up that easily. The north Caucasus is considered to be quite a dangerous place - even I've never been there, and
I spent a big slice of time hanging out in Yekatarinburg AKA the "mafia city".
I guess there's this mentality amongst some of these people that they can't really fight and expect to have any significant victories over their
Slavic "oppressors" whilst they're in official Russian territory, so they p*ss off to Syria where they'll have a better chance of wiping out some of
those nasty Russians.
I'm a bit on the fence in regards to Putin's reaction here. On one hand, I think it is good to show strength, but on the other, there is a risk that
it will only end up furthering tensions. Putin has different methods to Western governments, he's a lot more sort of proactive.
Another thing, a "crackdown" on radical Muslims doesn't mean that all Muslims will be persecuted. I admit, it's been nearly 4 years since I was last
in Russia, and about 7 years since I last visited Kazan in Tatarstan, but last I heard, Muslims and Orthodox people were getting along pretty well
there. Kazan has a large Muslim population, but it's not really known for its extremists like Dagestan. Once again, Russia is really, really big. Not
all its Muslim populations have such separatists movements and so on, so unless things have really seriously changed and somehow managed to escape my
notice, any crackdown of Muslims will really only be focused in certain areas, with a history of trouble and conflict.
Honestly I'm more worried about Moscow. It's already been targeted for terrorist attacks in the past, and I really hope it won't be targeted again
(although it probably will).
edit on 28/11/1515 by DeepThoughtCriminal because: typos