Archive for January, 2011

Stability in the North Caucasus?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan had an excellent piece in the January 6 Yezhdnevnyi zhurnal (hat tip to Johnson’s Russia List; discussed by Paul Goble here) on the activities of the Federal Security Service in 2010. Along the way, they provide some striking figures on just how bloody the North Caucasus continues to be, sixteen years after the start of the First Chechen War.

In 2010, 242 security service personnel were killed in the North Caucasus Federal District (population nine million). By contrast, in the United States (population 300 million), 162 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2010. Many of those line-of-duty deaths were accidents; 77 perished from hostile action.