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The Republic of Dagestan: Where the Boston Bombers Came From

Updated on April 23, 2013
North Caucasus mountains in Dagestan
North Caucasus mountains in Dagestan

According to news reports, the Most Dangerous Place in Europe is the Republic of Dagestan in Russia.

As many people are now planning their summer vacations, and Trip Advisor ** have an entry for Dagestan, I am just writing to warn you to steer clear.

There is a very high risk of being shot, stabbed, blown up by a bomb, tortured or perhaps just disappear off the face of the planet, should your choose to go to Dagestan, which let's face it, you have probably never heard of anyway.

Dagestan is not that big a country with only 2.5 million inhabitants, and lots of really high and inaccessible mountain ranges.

It is situated right next to Chechnya, which you will have heard of due to their ongoing civil war.

Its southern borders sit on the Caspian Sea coast in South Western Russia, as you can see on the map below where it has been kindly highlighted by Wikipedia.

** Don't bother looking up the Trip Advisor entry for Dagestan. It is blank.

Where Dagestan is
Where Dagestan is | Source

A Bit About Dagestan

I could have included a Google map with directions, but really that is just encouraging some form of self-flagellation, because YOU DO NOT WANT TO GO THERE, You really don't, and I am not encouraging you by giving you directions.

Dagestan, like I said, is this little autonomous country and it is a federal subject of Russia. It's main industries are oil and gas which come ashore from the Caspian Sea and are then fed in giant tubes through the country to the mother state.

So right away you know it is ugly as well as dangerous.

It's other industries are metalworking, carpet-weaving (you MUST have heard of Dagestan carpets - what do you mean no?), cattle-rearing, agriculture and horticulture.

The people are very poor, except for those who run about with Kalashnikov rifles demanding protection money off anybody who gets in their way.

soldiers and law enforcers hide their faces on the streets
soldiers and law enforcers hide their faces on the streets

Why is Dagestan Dangerous?

In a nutshell, the country is corrupt through and through, and overrun with Islamic terrorists.

Dagestan is one of the most ethnically diverse places on the planet, with more than 30 languages spoken.

That is another reason not to want to go there on vacation.

30 languages?? Just think of the size of translator book you would have to carry with you.

The country's population is 95% Muslim, and only 5% Russian. Although the official language is Russian, it is doubtful if many people actually speak it.

The average age of Dagestan people is 25, and the birth rate is now climbing rapidly.

For the last 15 - 20 years, Islamic groups have become crime overlords in this poor country, making exhorbitant demands of their fellow men, in return for not bombing their businesses.

Outwardly, they are demanding that Dagestan becomes a Sharia state, but many politicians believe this is just a front for organised crime, from which they profit greatly.

another day's bombing in Dagestan
another day's bombing in Dagestan
Magomedsalam M Magomedov, President of Dagestan
Magomedsalam M Magomedov, President of Dagestan

Magomedali Magomedov was the president of Dagestan from 1987 - 2006.

Now I'm not saying anything about the man - I don't even know him - but in 2006 Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a certain Mukhul G Aliyev to succeed him, to try to contain the rampant corruption in Dagestan which was becoming a national embarrassment.

Poor Mukhul was doomed to failure from the word 'go'.

This was because a certain Magomedsalam M Magomedov had his eye on the prime spot. This was the predecessor's son, and he was mightily pissed off when someone else got the job he thought should be his.

Perhaps previously unbeknown to the rest of the world, his father had contained the violence in Dagestan by making deals with the terrorists, and all with the Kremlin's consent, because many Islamic clans were permitted lucrative, tax-free concessions.

Mr Magomedov was an outspoken opponent during his Mr Aliyev's term of office, and indeed in his final year, episodes of extreme violence doubled, and some believe this violence may have been part of a strange underhand election campaign designed to manipulate the Russian President into making a change of leadership in Dagestan.

If so, it worked, because in 2010, new Russian President Dmitri A Medvedev appointed Magomedsalam M Magomedov to take over from Mukhul G Aliyev in an attempt to abate the escalating violence, with the full knowledge that this could be done through bribery.

A Dagestan policeman - he can't allow his face to be shown (OK he might be pot ugly too, we don't know)
A Dagestan policeman - he can't allow his face to be shown (OK he might be pot ugly too, we don't know) | Source
bombed out truck
bombed out truck | Source

Has the Violence decreased in Dagestan?

Unfortunately, no.

It has now become so bad that the police will not patrol the streets in uniform.

They frequently cover their faces when interviewing suspects, or even when doing random car checks.

They do not allow their photographs to be taken., so fearful are they of reprisals.

There are bombings, slayings and reports of people disappearing daily, sometimes several times a day.

Militants openly walk about with their Kalashnikov rifles.

They frequently target shops that sell alcohol. The shopkeeper and customers get told to leave, and moments later the business gets bombed.

They feel they are doing Allah's work here, and no doubt emptying the till before they leave.

WARNING: Hide your duty free well if visiting Dagestan. It could be you next.

Many of the young Muslim's are being enticed into the world of terrorism through social networking sites.

More than 20 terrorists groups are targeting the young Muslims and encouraging them to become online jihadists through Facebook. Indeed the Dagestan government has now opened a Facebook page to try and dissuade those youngsters.

Until those self-same young Muslims mature and their testosterone levels calm down a bit, I would strongly advise against visiting Dagestan, even in July when the mean daily temperature hits 80 degrees Fahrenheit and admiring the cool blue turquoise waters of the Caspian Sea while lying on a wide sandy beach seems like a good idea.


sandy beach on Caspian Sea in Dagestan. Why is there a street lamp on the shore?
sandy beach on Caspian Sea in Dagestan. Why is there a street lamp on the shore?

The National Anthem of the Republic of Dagestan

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    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from UK

      LOL me too. Unfortunately for the good people of Boston, it would seem that Dagestan was the breeding ground for the bombers, despite their parents moving them to America for a better life. When you read about how bad things are there, it is not surprising really.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Unfortunately, there are places like this ... where no human really wants to go or live. And also unfortunately, some people do live there and try to cope the best that they know how. I feel for them. Thanks for the warning, altho, I do not have the resources to travel at this time. Should I decide to, I will definitely be looking elsewhere.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from UK

      I just wrote a long reply and it disappeared! Grrr...

      But yeah, shortened response would be to say that the FBI should have been all over these lads as soon as they set foot on US soil.

      Everything I wrote above is in public domain and known about.

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      Randy Godwin 

      5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Interesting hub, Izzy. Especially the part about the online luring of new Muslim terrorists to their cause. Scary stuff!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      Yes it must be awful living there. I hope law and order is restored at some point.

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      7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      sure is a very informative and helpful hub.

      man could be the most evil in this world. i wonder how those crooks get a nice sleep for the killings and the crimes they commit. i feel so afraid for the civilians.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      I had to look up the character you spoke of, and I see he is a British comedian. I didn't know that. No TV here. If you Google Dagestan there is plenty about them. I notice the choice of searches include 'massacre' and 'beheading', please do not go to those links because there is video footage that should not be on the net IMO. I didn't look at the video, the photos are bad enough.

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      Moon Daisy 

      7 years ago from London

      Aw, now you've got me obsessed with Dagestan! I've never heard of this province before, and when I started to read your hub it sounded so awful that I thought you'd made it up. It reminded me a bit of Borat/Sacha Baron Cohen's Khazakstan, (which I know is real, but his portrayal of it was not, lol!)

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      Maybe we need the USSR back. Nobody messed with Russia then.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Extremely interesting and scary. Thanks for posting this.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      Nothing would surprise me. Russia needs to get the finger out here.

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      Writer Fox 

      7 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Did you know that this is dangerously close to nuclear missile launching sites? That's why Islamic forces, sponsored by Iran, are moving in for control.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Thank you putting this your hub to keep us all safe.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      Ahh..coward! Kate Adie would have been there in a flash!

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      Liam Hallam 

      7 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Fortunately this was never on my list of places to visit but i'll definitely steer clear in future- Unless I get a job for the BBC/ RT working as a Political Correspondant!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      NOTHING surprises me anymore! Well, if they go they have been warned! Thanks for commenting :)

    • techygran profile image


      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Wow, totally OFF my list of safe and pleasant holiday locations...thanks for the warning! I enjoyed your clear and interesting lay-out. I wonder how many daredevils will be lured to this wretched-sounding place as a result of your hub? lol

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      I think my life is awful at times, but it is nothing to what these poor people are living through, day in and day out. I hope a solution is found.

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      7 years ago from New York, NY

      How right you are Dagestan is not a place I want to go to visit. But this was extremely interesting to read about. When you read about places like this you really need to take a moment out and thank the heavens above that you are not waking up in a place like this.

      As always, your Hubs are thought provoking and over the top informative!


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