March 31st, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Chechen rebel leader: I ordered Moscow attack

Chechen rebel leader Dokku Umarov claimed that he personally gave orders to attack the Moscow subway this week, according to a Chechen rebel Web site.

Kavkaz Center, a Web site that regularly carries messages from the rebels, released a video in which Umarov said he was behind the Monday attacks.

The attacks were revenge for what Umarov called a "massacre conducted by the Russian occupants against the poorest residents of Chechnya and Ingushetia," the Web site says.

According to the site, the video was taped the same day as the attacks.

The incident Umarov referred to is a February special operation by Russian forces, after which there were accusations of Russians killing innocent civilians. In the video, Umarov said the victims were simply gathering garlic to make a living.

The attacks in Moscow, in which two female suicide bombers killed at least 39 people, were legitimate retribution for what happened in Chechnya, Umarov said in the video. He also promised "new acts of vengeance" in Russia.

Russians will no longer be able to simply observe the battles in the Caucasus, Umarov said.

"Therefore, the war will come to your streets, and you will feel it for yourselves and with your own lives," he said in the video.

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  1. Dave

    I say he probably now has a good chance of only remaining alive maybe 1-2 months.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. History Guy

    Putin is gonna want this guys head on a plate.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. InsanityNeedsToStop

    These insane people just can't be dealt with. My condolences go to the families of the dead.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. William

    The Russians now have a reason to search and destroy their enemy targets. The United States would do the same under similar attacks. The difference is the Russians will make it extremely painful not only for the terrorists but civilians in their midst.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    To William, to be completely fair there is no difference. My condolences to all families.

    March 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anton

    to Dave

    I can say you are too optimistic about Umarov's ellimination. Even though it may happen, it brings too many innocent lives from both sides to death...This is how Russia deals with problems..Usually people do not care about some thing but once they headed to it they vigorously pursuit an aim...

    March 31, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. zach

    I think Russia is doin what any other country would do and thats fight against terrorist that attacked their people. I back Russia in the search in destroy mission

    March 31, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patel

    I am a vegetarian Hindu and I back Russia.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marianela Rodo

    All these situations are happening for one single reason. The new world order is coming and the authorities will need to keep us under control and guess how they will get to do that...the first step is having us scared all the time. Terrorism has appeared with this purpose. Then, we might not be able to refuse being controlled by the system. There are suggestions to identify ourselves with a chip inside our skin. That will be the end of the world.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. michigandoc

    Why do we keep reporting on them as rebels? They are terrorists. Imagine if we promoted calling Al-Qaeda a "rebel" group in the middle east. Both groups are terrorist organizations that target civilians and civil infrastructure to create chaos and fear. There appears to be a double-standard when the groups oppose our interests and when the groups oppose the interests of competing world powers. I'm sure that the contradiction isn't lost on the rest of the world. It makes it look like we aren't as objective as we'd like to seem.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. James

    Note to Dokku Umarov... Tug on Superman's cape and see where it leads you. Unlike the United States the Russians don't care what anyone thinks about the way they respond to terrorists. Hit your knees and pray for forgiveness because you'll be meeting your maker very soon.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. hoonflap

    @Dave you're probably right, but keep in mind the difficulty the us has had in eliminating bin laden (though there are stark differences in the terrain of afghanistan and chechnya). violence is seldom if ever warranted, but in some places it seems the only method of communication. the russians have a history of oppressive rule disregard for other peoples (just ask the czechs), but two wrongs don't make a right. the russians are hunting them down just like any other terrorist organization, and have been for some time.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. hutch

    terrorism is terrorism and needs to be dealt with, the Russians need to and hopefully will go after them with all means available. unfortunatley innocent civilians are collateral damage. the terrorist hide behind them and use them as shields. so dont be to quick to judge the Russians on civilian deaths, its the terrorist who are killing them or getting them killed.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. askhow

    In February of this year over 400 Chechen farmers were killed by the Russians. Since July of 1994 250,000 Chechens have been killed by Russians. Anna Politkovskaya a Russian reporter who despite being warned not to chronicle in her writings the atrocities of the Russian troops in Chechnaya was killed in her apartment on Oct 7, 2006. In total 17 Russian and Chechen journalists have been assassinated by Russian authorities because they wrote about these atrocities, (International Federation of Journalists). Terrorism is wrong but when you witness your sons and daughters or brohters and sisters systematically gunned down you will lose all civility and you will take up extreme measures. Thanks to the Russians now the Iranians who are aiding muslim extremists everywhere will have a nuclear bomb soon, then what? where will irrational actions take us then? A nuclear explosion in downtown Moscow?

    April 1, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Charles

    @ michigandoc
    They are reffered to as rebels because they are in revolt of their own government and our fighting for freedom from Russia. They are terroist but are primarily rebels against the Russian government

    April 1, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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