Monday, January 9, 2012

Numbers of Casualties in the North Caucasus in 2011 Rise

By Valery Dzutsev

The Caucasian Knot website published 2011 conflict casualties’ statistics for each republic in the North Caucasus. 70 people were killed and 38 people were injured in violent incidents in Ingushetia in 2011. The overall figure of victims in the republic dropped from 326 killed and injured in 2010 to 108 in 2011 (http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/198680/). At the same time in Dagestan, the overall number of the conflict’s casualties grew from 685 in 2010 to 824 in 2011. 413 people were killed and 411 were injured in the largest North Caucasian republic in the past year. The growth was mostly caused by the rise of civilian casualties (http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/198813/). 95 people were killed and 106 were injured in Chechnya in 2011. Caucasian Knot warns that these figures are approximate; it is impossible to check the validity of the law enforcement’s statements. In 2010, the numbers of killed and wounded people for Chechnya were respectively 127 and 123 (http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/198855/). Numbers for victims in North Ossetia decreased from 195 in 2010 to 10 in 2011, due to absence of terror attacks in the republic in 2011 (http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/198773/). Kabardino-Balkaria experienced a great surge in numbers of casualties in 2011. In 2010 this republic had 57 casualties, including four people killed and 53 wounded. In 2011, at least 129 were killed in the republic and 44 were wounded (http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/198758/). Also in Karachay-Cherkessia the numbers of victims surged from four in 2010 to 34 in 2011, of these 22 were killed and 12 received injuries (http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/198769/).

At least in three republics of the North Caucasus, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, the situation in terms of casualty counts deteriorated in 2011. Journalists can hardly count casualties for Chechnya reliably because of difficulties in accessing this territory. The numbers appear to confirm that the security situation in the North Caucasus in 2011 has continued to worsen.

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