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Russian North Caucasus Still Unstable - State Dept.

RIA Novosti

02:33 01/08/2012 WASHINGTON, August 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s North Caucasus is still unstable, with terrorist attacks committed there due to interethnic rivalry, separatism and other reasons, the U.S. State Department said in its Country Reports on Terrorism in 2011.

“Terrorist attacks stemming from instability in the North Caucasus continued to be committed in Russia,” said the part dedicated to Russia in the report, which is annually submitted to Congress.

“Separatism, inter-ethnic rivalry, revenge, banditry, and/or extremist ideology were the primary motivating factors for terrorism-related violence,” the report said.

“Violence originating in the North Caucasus occasionally spilled into other areas of Russia, as seen most notably in 2011 with the bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport in January, for which the Caucasus Emirate's leader, Doku Umarov, claimed responsibility,” it said.

The suicide attack on the arrivals area of Domodedovo international airport on January 24, 2011, left 37 people dead and nearly 200 injured.

The State Department’s report noted Russia's cooperation with the United States in the fight against international terrorism.

“Within the framework of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC), the Counterterrorism Working Group advanced bilateral cooperation on current terrorist threats; transportation security issues, including aviation security; countering violent extremism; information sharing; and coordination on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” it said.

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