Russia Is Reportedly Sending 20,000 To 25,000 Troops To Its Southern Regions
Mar. 19, 2012
Multiple unconfirmed reports have suggested that Russia is sending between 20,000 and 25,000 federal troops to its southern region of Dagestan.
The reports come from Moscow-based analyst group Caucasian Knot and Dagestan-based news group Chernovik, who cited local police officials and reports of a large convoy seen en-route.
Official sources are confirming a smaller movement of troops.
The move is officially a response to renewed terrorist threats in the troubled region, which has a brutal history of attacks from a strong separatist Islamic movement — A recent “black widow” suicide attack caught international attention, for example.