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CSIS: Violence in the North Caucasus

2009: A Bloody Year

March 30, 2010


This Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) publication presents data from the entire 2009 period, indicating that violence has escalated since 2008 in the North Caucasus, which includes Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia, and Dagestan.

Main Findings

In 2009:

  • There were more than 1100 incidents of violence compared to 795 the previous year;
  • Many of these incidents were deadly, with over 900 fatalities compared to 586 in 2008;
  • One third of all incidents in the North Caucasus occurred in the Nazranovskii and Sunzhenskii districts of Ingushetia;
  • The number of suicide bombings in the North Caucasus nearly quadrupled from 2008, with the majority occurring in Chechnya.

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