N Caucasus: Is terror spreading?
Just two and a half months after the Beslan school siege, President Putin’s administration has vowed to tackle the root causes of the mounting crisis in the North Caucasus. But concerns are growing that Russia will struggle to contain the terror threat. Russian officials are not mincing their words. President Vladimir Putin’s adviser on Chechnya, Aslambek Aslakhanov, summed up the North Caucasus situation like this: “Total unemployment, a great concentration of criminal groups who undermine stability, terrorist bands, corrupt local authorities, the fact that anything – or anyone – can be bought.” Full Story