The U.S. State Department: Terrorism is a "chronic disease" of North Caucasus
According to the annual U.S. State Department report on the current state of terrorist threats in the world, the Northern Caucasus continues to remain a seat of tension. Terrorism is a "chronic disease" for this region. As reported by agency Trend referring to RIA Novosti, the current State Department document was prepared on data of 2010.
"Terrorist attacks, associated with instability in the North Caucasus, are being continued in Russia in 2010. The most significant attacks occurred at two stations in the Moscow subway in March. Radicals, calling for the establishment of the caliphate in the Caucasus, still represent the main terrorist threat to Russia" - RIA Novosti quoted American report.
The report refers to the events of March 2010, when two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the station "Lubyanka" and "Park Kultury" in the Moscow subway. 40 people were killed and nearly 100 - were injured.
American experts have recognized the success of Moscow to fight terrorism, however, they predict that, despite this, the situation in Northern Caucasus in the near future will be tense.
"In Russia, the amendments on terrorism were adopted to the criminal code to strengthen the fight against money laundering. Also, the law aimed on fight the financing of terrorism became operative - the report says. - But the high level of violence is a chronic problem of the North Caucasus" - concluded in the U.S. State Department.