Archives for April2013

Chechnya funds mosque construction in Israel



ON MARCH 9,2013:-Russia’s Chechen Republic is funding the construction of a mosque which it claims will be the second-largest in Israel after the famous Al-Aqsa. It will be located just 10 km from Jerusalem and hold several thousands of worshippers at a time.The location of the mosque is the Abu Ghosh village, which is partially populated by ethnic Chechens.Construction is already underway. The mosque is being built on a street named after ex-Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in 2004. The mosque will also be named after the deceased president, the father of the republic’s present leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.“This will be the second-largest mosque in Israel, after the holy Al-Aqsa. Two of the towers have already been built,” Russian MP Adam Delimkhanov said after visiting the Israeli village.Al-Aqsa, the third-holiest site in Islam, is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and the largest mosque in Israel. It sits on the Temple Mount, which is also the holiest site in Judaism.The idea for the construction of the new mosque is to strengthen the relationship between Israel and Russia, stated Ramzan Kadyrov as he promised to visit Israel to attend the opening ceremony.The decision to finance the construction was made after the local residents failed to collect enough money to build the mosque, he Chechen government website says. The exact cost of the project remains unknown.The mosque will be decorated in the Chechen tradition and anguage/culture courses will be organized for local ethnic Chechen population.



Turkey’s Investment in Chechnya









ON MARCH 14 , 2013:- Turkey will invest in Chechnya. This was stated during the visit to Grozny by seven members of the Turkish parliament, heads of chambers of commerce, and representatives of the business community. The head of the delegation, Turkish MP from Malatya Mujakhit Fyndykly told Vestnik Kavkaza: “We came for three days and managed to conduct political meetings and estimate opportunities in the economic sphere. We brought representatives of major chambers of commerce from Konya, Side, and Adana. We consider Chechnya as a possible place for investments. We will tell other Turkish businessmen about it. I am sure this visit will positively influence development of economic and political relations between Turkey and the Chechen Republic.”



Russian “Osama bin Laden” Surrenders









ON APRIL 2,2013:-  State Duma Deputy representing Chechnya Shamsail Saraliyev has asked Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika to look into allegations that Musa Chiliyev, the prime minister of Ingushetia, is financing local militants, Izvestia writes on Tuesday. On Monday, Channel One broadcast an interview with militant Ibragim Korzhkhoyev, who said Chiliyev gave militants in the North Caucasus monthly funds of $1 million.Torzhkhoyev is a former member of the Chechen Islamist rebel group headed by Doku Umarov, who has been called “Russia’s Osama Bin Laden” and is responsible for organizing a number of terrorist attacks on civilians.According to Izvestia, Iles Tatiyev, deputy head of the Agency for Socio-Political Initiatives nonprofit organization who is responsible for the North Caucasus Federal District, believes the militant’s statement could be true.Meanwhile Rostislav Turovsky from the Center for Political Technologies think tank said the information may have been politically motivated and connected with President of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov’s weakening influence.Chiliyev declined to comment on Torzhkhoyev’s statement.Torzhkhoyev was put on the international wanted list on suspicion of involvement in the Domodedovo Airport bomb attack in 2011. He surrendered to the Russian authorities in February.



In Memoriam – Moshe Gammer








With all the “experts” talking about the recent news, I’ve wondered why we haven’t been hearing from some of the “great voices” among the cacophony of empty noise. Unfortunately, now I know why. Dr. Gammer was one of the giants in this field and was contributing important works well before any of this became fashionable and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for his work.
Professor Moshe Gammer, a prominent expert on religious and political history of Northern Caucasus, died in Israel on April 16. The funeral took place on April 17. He was seriously ill for the last six months and did not teach at the Department of Middle East and Africa History of the Tel Aviv University.

For more than 10 years, Professor Gammer was a regular organizer of scientific conferences in Israel, the USA and EU on the history and culture of Northern Caucasus, particularly of Dagestan.

Moshe Hammer was the author of several studies on the subject, in particular, “Muslim Resistance to the Tsar: Shamil and the Conquest of Chechnia and  Daghestan”, published in 1994 and his more famous book “The Lone Wolf and the Bear. Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule,” published in 2005.

In 2008, he published a collection of works “Islam and Sufism in Daghestan”, published in Finland.

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