900-1500 Rule over Dagestan passed from the Arabs
to the Seljuk Turks to the Mongols and the Golden Horde.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A10)
c1500-1700 The Ottoman Empire ruled the Dagestan
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A10)
c1700-1800 Persians took control of the Dagestan
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A10)
1832 Oct, Russian soldiers
besieged the village of Gimry in the mountains of Dagestan in an
effort to capture Gazi-Muhammad, the first imam of the Caucasus
Imamate. Gimry was killed but his follower, Imam Shamil, escaped.
(Econ, 7/4/15, p.42)
1919 The people of Dagestan
supported the Bolshevik Revolution and Lenin promised them autonomy.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A10)
1987 Aug, Magomedali Magomedov
(b.1930) became chairman of Dagestan’s State Council. Under his rule
(1987-2006) the government was run as a family business and police
served clan interests.
1996 Jan 10, Chechen rebels
seized as many as 3,000 hostages in the Russian Republic of
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996 Jan 15, Risking the lives
of more than 100 hostages in an effort to wipe out their Chechen
rebel captors, the Russian military hurled rockets and shells at the
tiny village of Pervomayskaya, at the border of Dagestan and
(WSJ, 1/16/96, p. A-1)(AP, 1/15/01)
1996 Jan 22, The Chechen rebel
leader escaped from Dagestan along with many fighters and hostages.
(WSJ, 1/23/96, p.A-1)
1997 Jul 8, In Dagestan a bomb
blew up on a bus carrying Russian border police and 9 officers were
killed. Sporadic violence continued along with kidnappings.
(SFC, 7/9/97, p.A8)
1998 Jan 8, Two Swedish
missionaries, Daniel and Paulina Brolin, were kidnapped in Dagestan.
They were released in June.
(SFC, 12/10/98, p.C8)
1999 Aug 7, In Russia Islamic
fighters based in Chechnya seized at least 2 village in Dagestan.
Warlords Shamil Basayev and Wahabi commander Amir Khattab (Hattab)
were reported to be involved. The Wahabis are a puritan branch of
Sunni Islam founded in the 18th century in Saudi Arabia.
(SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A20)(Econ, 4/9/11, p.28)
1999 Aug 8, In southern Russia
federal forces opened fire from the ground and air on Islamic
militants in Dagestan. Prime minister Stepashin was in the capital
Makhachkala. The state is home to some 33 ethnic groups including
Wahhabi militants backed by Chechen commanders. Shamil Basayev, a
Chechen militant, declared Dagestan an independent Islamic state
within days of seizing several villages.
(SFC, 8/9/99, p.A11)(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 10, In Dagestan the
Interior Ministry said 44 militants were killed and 80 wounded in
fighting with Russian forces.
(SFC, 8/11/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 13, Izvestia confirmed
that 4 Russian helicopters were destroyed in Dagestan and that an
SU-24 fighter plane was damaged.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 14, Russia bombed
guerrilla bases in Dagestan as 4 Russian soldiers were killed and 13
(SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A24)
1999 Aug 18, Russian forces
lost 8 soldiers in Dagestan as they tried to storm Tando village.
(SFC, 8/19/99, p.D10)
1999 Aug 19, Russian troops
failed to take the village of Tando in Dagestan and lost another 18
soldiers and 3 helicopters.
(SFC, 8/20/99, p.A18)
1999 Aug 24, In Dagestan rebel
forces pulled back and Russian forces took control of 5 villages
that had been seized 3 weeks earlier.
(SFC, 8/25/99, p.A17)
1999 Aug 30, Russia reported
four soldiers killed and 5 wounded from fighting in Dagestan.
(WSJ, 8/31/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 4, In Dagestan a car
bomb killed at least 22 people at a Russian military housing block
in Buinaksk. The death toll son expanded to 64. Russian officials
believed that Khattab, a Jordanian operating in Chechnya, ordered
the bombing. In 2000 5 suspects were charged in the bombing. In 2001
six men were convicted. In 2004 Magomed Salikhov was arrested in
Baku for his role in the bombing. In Feb, 2006, Salikhov was
acquitted of organizing the explosion, but was sentenced to over 4
years in prison for membership a rebel group. The Russian Supreme
Court overturned the acquittal on June 15 and ordered the
investigation to be reopened. A Dagestan jury acquitted Salikhov on
(SFC, 9/6/99, p.A12)(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A12)(SFC,
9/8/99, p.A16)(SFC, 8/5/00, p.C1)(SFC, 3/20/01, p.A11)(AP,
11/13/04)(AP, 6/15/06)(AP, 11/11/06)
1999 Sep 5, In Dagestan several
thousand rebels began a 2nd siege from Chechnya.
(SFC, 9/6/99, p.A12)
1999 Sep 6, In Dagestan Russian
forces used artillery and air power against rebel guerrillas and 2
dozen people were killed on the Chechen side of the border. Fighting
in NoIvolakskoye left 14 soldiers dead.
(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A12)
1999 Sep 9, In Dagestan Russia
lost a Su-25 combat jet.
(SFC, 9/10/99, p.D4)
1999 Sep 12, In Dagestan
Russian troops seized control of the villages of Karamakhi and
(SFC, 9/13/99, p.A13)
1999 Sep 16, Pres. Yeltsin
ordered the Dagestan border sealed against the 1,500 Chechen
militants massed there.
(WSJ, 9/17/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 18, Russian forces
attacked rebel targets in Chechnya to prevent guerrilla raids in
(SFEC, 9/19/99, p.A1)
2000 Nov 11, A Dagestan
Airlines jet was hijacked. The Russian plane was forced to and in
Israel with 58 people aboard. Pres. Barak, enroute to Washington,
returned to handle the crises. The hijacker surrendered and the
plane was returned to Moscow.
(SFEC, 11/12/00, p.A22)(SFC, 11/13/00, p.A12)
2002 May 9, In Russia a
terrorist bomb killed at least 41 people including 13 children in
(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/10/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2002 Aug 12, Arjan Erkel, a
Dutch aid worker for Doctors Without Borders, was kidnapped and
beaten in Dagestan. He was released Easter Sunday in 2005 following
a $1 million ransom.
(WSJ, 9/22/05, p.A1)
2003 Jul 17, In Russia's
Dagestan region a shrapnel-filled bomb exploded near a police
station, killing at least four people and injuring 18 others.
2003 Aug 11, Gunmen killed
Nadirshakh Khachilayev, a former lawmaker, in Makhachkala, capital
of Dagestan. In 1998 his armed supporters were accused of seizing a
Dagestani government building during a violent anti-government raid
and Russia's parliament voted to lift his immunity.
2003 Nov 3, Rasul Gamzatov,
Dagestan poet, died in Moscow. He wrote in Avar, a language spoken
by some 500,000 people in Dagestan. He also wrote the prose work "My
(SFC, 11/4/03, p.A21)
2003 Dec 15, At least 25 gunmen
crossed from Chechnya into the Russian region of Dagestan, killing
at least 3 border guards and seizing hostages in a remote mountain
2003 Dec 16, Chechen rebels,
who fought their way into the neighboring Dagestan region and
occupied a village, released all their hostages and fled, avoiding
2004 Mar 2, Russian authorities
said they have confirmed that a man killed in the Dagestan region a
few days earlier was Ruslan Gelayev, one of the Chechnya's most
powerful rebel warlords.
2005 Jan 15, Gunmen shot and
killed three police officers as authorities stormed a house in
Kaspiisk, a port on the Caspian Sea in the Russian province of
Dagestan. Riot police and other security forces besieged a house in
the provincial capital, Makhachkala, where gunmen were hiding and
one officer was killed.
2005 Feb 16, In southern Russia
a car bomb killed 3 people outside a government building in
(WSJ, 2/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 19, A car exploded in
the southern Russian region of Dagestan, killing two people in what
investigators believe was a botched attempt to kill a local
2005 May 20, A bomb exploded in
an apartment building in southern Russia's Dagestan region, killing
the area's minister for ethnic relations and his bodyguard.
2005 May 31, In Dagestan a
police bus was bombed in Makhachkala and 7 people were killed.
(WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005 Jun 25, In Dagestan,
Russia, 4 explosions aimed at police vehicles and transportation
links, including one that derailed a cargo train, wounded eight
2005 Jun 28, In Dagestan,
Russia, a writer and critic of the Islamist movement was shot to
death in Makhachkala.
(WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005 Jul 1, In Dagestan,
Russia, a bomb in Makhachkala killed 10 Russian troops.
(WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005 Jul 5, In the southern
Russian region of Dagestan an explosion tore through a police post,
killing at least one officer and wounding 3.
2005 Jul 6, A shootout between
police and gunmen with automatic weapons left a bystander and two of
the gunmen dead in the southern Russian region of Dagestan.
2005 Jul 26, In Dagestan,
Russia, the head of traffic police in Izberbash was killed at a
(WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005 Aug 20, A bomb detonated
by remote control killed at least three police officers in the
troubled southern Russian region of Dagestan and wounded several
2005 Sep 2, A bomb exploded in
a pile of garbage in the capital of the southern Russian region of
Dagestan, killing a serviceman and wounding five others who had been
searching for explosives.
2005 Nov 2, Police in the
troubled Russian region of Dagestan killed Makhach Mamashev, a
militant leader, and detained eight fighters in an operation near
the Chechen border.
2005 Dec 29, A man blew himself
up in what appeared to be an attempted suicide bombing near a mosque
in the Russian province of Dagestan, killing himself and injuring
2006 Aug 8, A car bomb killed a
prosecutor in Dagestan, Russia, and two police were shot dead as
they arrived on the scene.
2006 Aug 26, In Russia's
Dagestan region police surrounded a home and exchanged gunfire with
suspected militants, killing four and wounding a woman who was with
2006 Nov 26, Abu Khavs, a
Jordanian who commanded foreign mercenaries in Chechnya and was
reportedly al-Qaida's top emissary in the troubled North Caucasus,
died along with 4 other militants in a shootout with police in
2007 Aug 3, About 50 women
occupied a central square in Makhachkala, Dagestan, declaring a
hunger strike and vowing not to leave until authorities tell them
what happened to their missing children. The president of Dagestan,
Mukhu Aliev, admitted last month that 76 people have been kidnapped
so far this year in Dagestan. In six of those cases, the abductors
wore camouflage uniforms similar to those worn by law enforcement
2007 Aug 23, In Dagestan,
Russia, gunmen ambushed security forces, killing three people and
2007 Oct 23, A bomb courier
accidentally blew up a taxi in Russia's Dagestan region, killing
herself and wounding eight other people.
2007 Dec 11, A judge from the
top court in southern Russia's violence-plagued Dagestan region was
fatally shot by an unidentified attacker. Dagestan Supreme Court
Justice Kurban Pashayev was shot more than 10 times with a pistol in
the entranceway of his apartment building in the provincial capital,
Makhachkala. In Ingushetia an 18-year-old rookie in an elite police
unit was fatally shot by attackers who fired at him at close range
from a passing car as he was walking home after work.
2008 Mar 14, Russian forces
raided a forest camp in the volatile North Caucasus province of
Dagestan, leading to a shootout in which six suspected militants, a
police officer and an Interior Ministry servicemen died.
2008 Jun 9, A soldier and a
police officer were killed when unidentified gunmen fired at a train
carrying troops from Chechnya that had pulled in to the town of
Khasavyurt in the republic of Dagestan.
2008 Jun 12, In Dagestan, a
remote-controlled bomb killed a jogger in a park in the capital,
Makhachkala. A passerby was injured and taken to hospital. Police
said the explosive device was packed with shrapnel.
2008 Jun 28, Police in Russia’s
Dagestan province killed three suspected militants, including a
2008 Jul 5, Dagestan's Interior
Ministry says three policemen were wounded when a bomb went off near
their vehicle in the town of Khasavyurt.
2008 Sep 2, In Russia's
troubled North Caucasus journalist Telman Alishaev was shot in
Dagestan. Islamic TV reporter Telman Alishaev died at a hospital in
Makhachkala the next day. Journalist Miloslav Bitokov was left with
a fractured skull after a beating in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkariya.
Police and co-workers said the two men were likely targeted for
2008 Sep 4, Russian troops
killed 5 suspected Muslim rebels in Dagestan.
(WSJ, 9/5/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 3, In Dagestan
journalist Abdullah Alishayev died one day after he was attacked by
2009 Mar 21, In Dagestan 3 days
of intense fighting between police and insurgents in a wooded area
ended with five officers and about a dozen militants left dead.
2009 Jun 9, Russia’s Pres.
Medvedev visited Dagestan. He went to police bases and reviewed
troops, lavishly covered by state-controlled TV. Medvedev blamed
what he called foreign "freaks" for inciting the violence. Hours
after Medvedev left Dagestan, a riot police officer was shot and
killed as he headed home after work not far from a base where
Medvedev had watched counterterrorism exercises. In another part of
the Dagestan capital, a road police officer was killed after trying
to stop a car to check documents.
2009 Jun 10, In southern
Dagestan a group of 10 gunmen attacked a police post with automatic
weapons and mortars, battling police troops for more than an hour.
The gunmen later escaped into the forested mountains.
2009 Jun 27, In Dagestan
Interior Ministry troops patrolling a village south of Makhachkala
clashed with a group of 10 gunmen who tried to hole up in village
houses, but were driven into surrounding hillsides. A police officer
was killed. Officials then called in helicopter gunships and armored
vehicles to shell the forests where the gunmen hid out. Troops
sweeping the forest the next morning found the bodies of four
2009 Jul 13, In Russia 5
suspected militants and two law enforcement officers were killed in
separate attacks in the south. The militants were killed in two
separate gunbattles in Chechnya, while Interior Ministry troops in
Dagestan died in an ambush by insurgents.
2009 Aug 2, In Dagestan
militants shot and killed a police officer. In Ingushetia militants
killed three government workers.
2009 Aug 13, In Dagestan some
10 men opened fire on a police post in Buinaksk, killing 4 officers.
The gunmen then entered a sauna complex nearby and killed 7 women
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 14, In Dagestan gunmen
killed 2 traffic police officers in Makhachkala. 3 suspected
militants were killed in a separate episode.
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 28, Dagestan police
killed three militants who had opened fire on a police post in
Makhachkala, the capital. A policeman was shot dead in a separate
attack in the capital.
2009 Sep 12, In Dagestan
security forces besieged a home and killed four alleged militants.
2009 Nov 13, In Dagestan, east
of Chechnya, a bomb blast at a village cemetery killed three
civilians, the widow, sister and daughter of a police officer who
was among the victims of nearly daily attacks on law enforcement
authorities in the province.
2009 Dec 16, In Dagestan,
Russia, police killed three suspected militants in a clash.
2010 Jan 6, In Russia a suicide
bomber blew up an explosives-packed car at a police station in
Dagestan province, killing six officers and wounding at least 16
people on the outskirts of Makhachkala. Investigators determined
that the homemade bomb packed into the Niva, a small Russian-made
SUV, was equivalent to 80 to 100 km (175 to 220 pounds) of TNT.
2010 Jan 7, Russian police in
Dagestan killed two suspected militants in a counterterrorism
operation launched in response to a suicide blast that took the
lives of six officers. One of the slain militants was named as
Ismail Ichakayev, a man reportedly wanted for masterminding several
bombings and other attacks on officials.
2010 Jan 9, In Dagestan a car
with three men inside exploded during a shootout with police in the
Kumtorkala district. The men were part of a local terrorist group
and were transporting explosives.
2010 Jan 10, In Dagestan 2
militants were gunned down in the provincial capital, Makhachkala,
after police surrounded and stormed a house where a group of wanted
terrorists was hiding.
2010 Jan 23, Russian PM
Vladimir Putin declared that peace has returned to North Caucasus,
the center of a growing Islamist insurgency, and called for the
region's economy to be rebuilt. He also ordered officials in the
North Caucasus to ensure what he called the "normal work" of human
rights groups operating in the volatile region.
(Reuters, 1/23/10)(AP, 1/23/10)
2010 Feb, In Dagestan the
Makhachkala police chief died when his car was strafed with
automatic weapons. Two doctors were charged in the killing. On Nov
28, 2012, Nov. 28, Dr. Marat Gunashev had just put a patient under
anesthesia when law enforcement agents appeared in the operating
room and took him away, refusing to allow him to finish the
operation. Dr. Shamil Gasanov was preparing to operate in another
part of the hospital when a group of men came in and asked to talk
to him outside. Gasanov’s decapitated body was later returned to his
2010 Mar 31, In southern Russia
2 suicide bombers, including one impersonating a police officer,
killed 12 people in Dagestan. PM Vladimir Putin said the blasts may
have been organized by the same militants who attacked the Moscow
subway. Russian police broke up anti-Kremlin protests in Moscow and
St. Petersburg, detaining dozens of demonstrators who had defied
bans in holding the rallies.
2010 Mar 31, In Dagestan 2
suicide bombers struck near the border with Chechnya, killing 12
2010 Apr 1, An explosion near
Dagestan's border with Chechnya killed two suspected militants.
2010 Apr 2, The Russian
Kommersant newspaper reported that Dzhanet Abdurakhmanova (17) of
Dagestan, a widow of a slain Islamist rebel, was one of the two
female suicide bombers who attacked Moscow's subway on March 31. Her
husband, Umalat Magomedov, was described as an Islamist militant
leader killed by government forces in December. The paper said the
2nd subway bomber has been has been tentatively identified as Markha
Ustarkhanova (20) from Chechnya, the widow of a militant
leader killed last October while he was preparing to assassinate
Chechen Pres. Ramzan Kadyrov. The 2nd female was later identified as
Maryam Sharipova (28), a teacher from Dagestan.
(AP, 4/2/10)(AP, 4/6/10)
2010 Apr 3, In Dagestan 3
militants there opened fire on police in a drive-by shooting,
killing one and injuring another.
2010 Apr 4, In Dagestan 2
powerful explosions derailed a cargo train but no one was injured.
2010 Apr 20, In Dagestan
assailants gunned down two traffic policemen who pulled over their
car in the provincial capital, Makhachkala.
2010 May 13, In Dagestan 5
repairmen on their way to fix a cell phone tower in the southern
province of Russia were killed in an explosion and subsequent gun
2010 Jun 16, In Russia’s North
Caucasus region 4 policemen were killed and 3 wounded in the Kostek
village in the province of Dagestan during a siege that left five
militants dead. In a separate incident, four gunmen were killed
after they refused police orders to pull over and opened fire on the
officers. Two police died in further attacks, one in Dagestan and
another in the nearby Kabardino-Balkaria province.
2010 Jul 12, In Russia's
Dagestan region gunmen killed two policemen in separate shootings,
including Lt. Rasul Magomedov, whose father, mother and sister died
in previous attacks.
2010 Jul 15, In Makhachkala,
Dagestan, Artur Suleimanov, a bishop for the Russian evangelical
denomination Osanna. was killed in a shooting. 2 militants were
killed by police in a clash in the town of Khasavyurt the previous
2010 Jul 24, In southern Russia
gunmen opened fire on security guards at a provincial food market in
the city of Samara, killing at least two and wounding at least five
other people. 3 soldiers in Dagestan were killed when assailants
attacked their convoy in a drive-by shooting.
2010 Aug 1, In Dagestan 3
militants broke into the home of Lt. Col. Yunus Khulatayev, a senior
investigator, and shot him dead after binding his wife and son with
tape in the next room.
(AP, 8/1/10)(SFC, 8/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 22, In Dagestan a
Russian border guard was found killed and another who disappeared
with him remained missing.
2010 Aug 23, In Dagestan at
least 3 people were wounded in other attacks, while four suspected
militants died when explosives they were transporting by car
unexpectedly blew up.
2010 Aug 27, In Russia 9
suspected militants were killed in two separate shootouts with
police in the Kabardino-Balkariya republic. Separately 5 suspected
militants and a police officer were killed in another shootout in
the republic of Dagestan.
2010 Sep 5, In Dagestan a
suicide car-bomber killed 3 soldiers and wounded 32 others in an
attack on a Russian military base. In Kabardino-Balkariya, another
republic of the Caucasus region that includes Dagestan, a policeman
was shot to death by a man whom he'd stopped for a document check.
2010 Sep 10, In Dagestan,
Russia, clashes between police and alleged militants left six more
people dead in the volatile North Caucasus. A police officer was
gunned down on the outskirts of the regional capital, Makhachkala.
(AP, 9/10/10)(AP, 9/11/10)
2010 Oct 23, In Dagestan a
suicide bomber in a car tried to attack a police dormitory in the
town of Khasavyurt but an armored vehicle blocked his way. The
explosion killed the suspected militant and a police officer, and
wounded seven people. In the village of Komsomolskoye two suspected
militants were holed up in a house when police attacked, killing
both of them.
2010 Nov 11, In Dagestan
shootouts across the capital of Makhachkala killed at least six
policemen and four suspected militants.
2010 Dec 4, In Russia a
Dagestan Airlines passenger jet, carrying at least 155 people, made
an emergency landing at a snowy Moscow airport after its engines
failed. It skidded off the runway and slammed into buildings,
killing two people and injuring around 40.
2010 Dec 26, In Dagestan eight
men were killed in a shoot-out with police after they barricaded
themselves in a house in the city of Makhachkala and refused to give
2010 Thomas de Waal authored
“The Caucasus: An Introduction."
(Econ, 10/23/10, p.102)
2011 Feb 2, In southern Russia
2 masked gunmen burst into a cafe in Kabardino-Balkaria and shot
dead four traffic policemen on their lunch break. In Dagestan two
suspected insurgents were killed in an overnight gunbattle with
2011 Feb 3, In Dagestan a small
bomb exploded in the capital, Makhachkala, killing a city official
involved in razing illegal structures. In Kabardino-Balkariya a
traffic policeman died after being shot the night before while he
and a partner were checking a motorist's documents.
2011 Feb 14, In Dagestan a pair
of suicide bombers, including a woman, attacked security forces
killing 2 officers and wounding 21 others.
(SFC, 2/15/11, p.A2)
2011 May 8, In Dagestan a
Russian officer and three rebels were killed when police discovered
an encampment in the woods near Chechnya. Police reported that an
insurgent was killed and two others detained in an operation in the
city of Astrakhan in the Volga delta.
2011 Sep 22, In Dagestan 2
early morning car bombs killed a Russian policeman and wounded 60
other people in the capital of Makhachkala. A few hours before the
car bombs, four suspected Islamic insurgents died when explosives
they were carrying in their car detonated on a capital street.
2011 Dec 15, Khadzhimurad
Kamalov (46), the founder of a newspaper critical of authorities in
the restive province of Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus, died
after he was gunned down in a hail of bullets outside his office.
Kamalov founded the independent weekly paper Chernovik (Rough Draft)
in 2003 and remained its publisher until his killing.
2012 Jan 27, Russian officials
said the leader of Islamist separatists in the province of
Ingushetia was killed in a shootout in the village of Ekazhevo along
with two other militants. 4 Russian military officers and five
militants were killed in the neighboring province of Dagestan. In
Kabardino-Balkariya, three masked militants stormed into a school
and stabbed a volleyball player in the gym.
2012 Feb 18, Russian police
said 17 officers have been killed during a 4-day operation to wipe
out several militant bands in Chechnya and Dagestan. At least 20
rebels were reported killed.
(SSFC, 2/19/12, p.A4)
2012 May 3, In Dagestan bombs
hidden in two vehicles exploded outside a police station in
Makhachkala, killing at least 13 people and wounding scores. Islamic
suicide bombers were suspected.
2012 Aug 18, In southern
Russia’s republic of Dagestan, two masked gunmen burst into a Shiite
mosque during evening prayers and opened fire, wounding eight
2012 Aug 28, In Dagestan Said
Afandi (75) a powerful leader of a Sufi Muslim brotherhood was
killed along with six other people, including an 11-year-old boy and
a woman, in the central village of Chirkei after a bomber disguised
as a pilgrim approached him in his house. Police the next day said
that the bomber was Aminat Kurbanova, a 30-year-old resident of
2012 Aug 29, At least 3
Georgian commandos and 11 militants from Dagestan were killed during
an operation to free hostages held along Georgia's border with
2012 Sep 8, A Russian MI-35
military helicopter crashed into a mountain in the republic of
Dagestan, killing all three crewmen aboard.
2012 Nov 27, In Russia a world
martial arts champion, Rasul Mirzayev (26) from Dagestan, was
convicted of involuntary manslaughter but set free after a trial
that inflamed the country's ethnic tensions. The verdict led to
protests by nationalists outside the Moscow court.
2013 May 1, In Russia a bomb
exploded in a busy shopping area in Makhachkala, the capital of
Dagestan, killing at least two people.
2013 May 20, In Dagestan,
Russia, twin car bombings killed 3 people and injured at least 44
more in Makhachkala.
(SFC, 5/21/13, p.A2)
2013 May 25, In Dagestan,
Russia, a female suicide bomber, identified as a widow of 2 killed
Islamists, blew herself up injuring at least 17, including 2
children and 5 police officers in the central square of Makhachkala.
One woman died the next day from her wounds.
(AP, 5/25/13)(AP, 5/26/13)
2013 Jun 1, Russian security
forces conducted a military-style operation to detain Said Amirov
(59), the mayor of Makhachkala, Dagestan, on murder charges. Amirov
was accused of staging the killing of a senior investigator with the
local branch of the Investigative Committee in 2011.
2013 Jul 9, Dagestan journalist
Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, who wrote about alleged human rights
abuses, was shot dead on the outskirts of Makhachkala.
2013 Aug 20, In Russia’s
Caucasus region police killed 5 people in a clash in Dagestan. Among
the dead was Bammatkhan Sheikov, a prominent warlord who was said to
be competing to oversee all militant operations in Dagestan.
2013 Sep 23, In Dagestan 2
officials were killed and more than 10 people wounded when a suicide
bomber detonated a car bomb in the village of Khuchni.
2013 Sep 27, Russian security
forces killed five suspected militants in the North Caucasus
province of Dagestan including one believed to be a local Islamist
2013 Oct 1, In Dagestan 4
suspected militants, 3 policemen and 3 mountain guides were killed
in a shootout during a random patrol some 50 km south of
2013 Oct 21, In Russia female
suicide bomber Naida Asiyalova (30) struck a passenger bus in the
southern city of Volgograd, killing 6 people and injuring 32 others.
The suspected bomber was from Dagestan.
(AP, 10/21/13)(AP, 10/22/13)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 30, Bomb blasts in
shops in Russia's volatile North Caucasus province of Dagestan
killed one person and injured several others.
2013 Nov 16, In Dagestan Dmitri
Sokolov, the husband of suicide bomber Naida Asiyalova, died after a
stand-off with police. The Oct 21 Volgograd bombing killed six
people on a bus.
2014 Jan 14, In Russia’s
Dagestan region a shootout between security forces and militants
killed 5 people.
2014 Jan 18, Russian news said
7 suspected militants were killed today by security forces in a
shootout near Makhachkala, Dagestan.
2014 Jan 21, Russia’s National
Anti-Terror Committee said police have killed Eldar Magatov, a
senior Islamist militant, in a shootout in the Dagestan region ahead
of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
2014 Jan 30, Russia’s
Anti-Terrorism Committee identified the Dec 29 Volgograd bombers as
Asker Samedov and Suleiman Magomedov and called them members of the
"Buinaksk Terrorist Group." It also said two suspected accomplices
have been arrested in Dagestan province.
2014 Feb 5, Russian security
forces surrounded a group of militants who had holed up in the
Dagestani town of Izberbash. Dzhamaldin Mirzayev (30), who was
suspected of having been involved in training the bombers and
sending them to Volgograd, was killed in an exchange of gunfire.
2014 Jul 9, In Dagestan Said
Amirov, the former mayor of Makhachkala (1988-2013), was sentenced
to 10 years in jail on charges of plotting a "terrorist" attack to
kill a political rival. He was long relied on by President Vladimir
Putin to rule one of Russia's most violent cities.
2015 Mar 21, In Dagestan six
suspected insurgents were killed in a raid in the capital
Makhachkala. Russian authorities said those killed were suspected in
an array of terrorist actions, including attacks on police.
2015 Apr 19, Russian security
forces killed the leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North
Caucasus during a raid on a house in the Dagestan region. Four other
suspected militants were also killed with Aliaskhab Kebekov, aka Ali
Abu Mukhammad. Kebekov (b.1972) became the leader of the Caucasus
Emirate group in early 2014 after Russian security forces killed his
predecessor, Doku Umarov.
2015 Jun 6, Russia's
anti-terrorism committee said police in the Dagestan region killed
militant Suleiman Zainalobinov during the night after they stopped
his car and he opened fire.
2015 Aug 11, Russian security
services said Magomed Suleimanov (39), the leader of a Caucasus
Islamist group in the Dagestan region, has been killed along with 4
others in a mountain raid near Gimry that included air strikes.
Suleimanov was suspected of staging the 2012 killing Said Afandi, a
leader of Dagestan’s Sufi Muslim brotherhood.
(AP, 8/11/15)(SFC, 8/12/15, p.A2)
2015 Nov 29, Russia’s National
Anti-Terrorist Committee announced that security forces had killed
the three militants in Dagestan after they refused to surrender.
2015 Dec 29, In Dagestan one
person was killed and 11 injured in a shooting near the UNESCO
heritage citadel site in Derbent, which claims to be Russia's oldest
city and celebrated its 2,000th anniversary this year.
2016 Feb 15, In Dagestan a
powerful car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint, killing two
officers and the car's driver and wounding 19 others. The Islamic
State claimed responsibility.
2016 Mar 29, A Russian police
convoy hit a bomb in the restive North Caucasus, killing one person
and wounding four others.
2016 Jun 17, Dagestan police
said that at least 4 officers and 6 militants have died in a series
of clashes in three regions.
2016 Jul 7, Russian officials
said at least 7 militants and one law enforcement officer have been
killed in clashes in Dagestan in the North Caucasus region.
2016 Dec 3, Dagestan warlord
Rustam Aselderov (35), suspected to be behind multiple attacks in
the North Caucasus, was killed along with four of his accomplices in
a police operation.
2016 Dec 29, Russia's security
agencies said they have arrested seven people in Dagestan suspected
of preparing New Year's terror attacks in Moscow on orders from the
Islamic State group in Syria. One police officer and two suspected
militants were killed in a shootout outside the city of Khasavyurt,
(AP, 12/29/16)(AP, 12/30/16)
2017 Jan 21, Russian security
forces in Dagestan tracked down and killed two suspected militants
in the village of Vperyod, Kizlyar region.
2017 Jan 29, In Dagestan
Russian security forces killed three suspected militants during a
firefight in the town of Khasavyurt.
2017 Apr 24, In Dagestan at
least one person was killed and 11 injured in a live grenade
accident at a high school.
2017 Jun 25, Russian security
forces said they have killed two suspected militants during a gun
battle in the volatile Dagestan region.