A hornets’ nest of people: Dagestan


The Russian specialist of Islam, Alexei Malashenko, maintains that there are no grounds for the idea of creating an Islamic state in the North Caucasus. Nevertheless, when combined with Islamic extremism, the push for autonomy may lead to a second Chechnya with the unfortunately well-known explosions of violence. The minority ethnic groups feel threatened and the world strategies governing oil see Russia and the United States as determined to defend their own interests.