Recruitment of mercenaries for Abkhazia is under way in Dagestan
Publication time: 31 March 2002, 01:01
The Leader of the Information Center of the United Command of Mujahideen of Dagestan, Zeid Dagestani, gave a brief interview to Radio Kavkaz where he reported that Russian authorities started to recruit mercenaries for combat operations in Abkhazia.
«According to our reports, the recruitment of mercenaries into Russian gang formations for participating in combat operations on the territory of Abkhazia has started. In particular, such work is being conducted in Buinaksk military headquarters. At the same time, under the threat of physical reprisal against their relatives, young men from Chechnya are being drafted into Russian armed forces which are now being deployed in Dagestan. Manipulations with conscripts are also being conducted in other republics of Caucasus.
We are convinced that such actions by Moscow have clearly outlined goals and tasks. The Kremlin is trying to turn the growing war for national liberation by the nations of Caucasus against Russian empire into an internal conflict in Caucasus. Russian leaders have plans to seriously split the nations of Caucasus in order to retain the territories of Caucasus occupied by Russia. According to these plans, a native of Caucasus will be supposed to kill his fellow Caucasian native, a Muslim will be supposed to kill a fellow Muslim, and a Christian will kill his fellow Christian.
As we already know, the secret recruitment for the war in Abkhazia is also under way in other republics of Northern Caucasus. There they promise mercenaries large sums of money. Massive anti-Georgian propaganda is being conducted among them. During confidential conversations with potential mercenaries Russian secret services officials are promising them land and houses on the territory of Abkhazia (in the resort area), as well as on the territory of Georgia. According to the reports from our sources, on March 18 at the Buinaksk military headquarters some official from Russian secret services, who identified himself as FSB Colonel Andrievsky, during his conversation with the mercenaries who signed the contract, stated that «the Americans along with Chechens and Georgians want to attack Abkhazia and take that territory away from Russia. We must forestall it and be in Tbilisi before the Americans settle there...»
Since your radio station is heard by many people in Caucasus, I would like to seize the opportunity and call on all Dagestanis on behalf of Dagestani Mujahideen not to fall for Moscow's provocations and not to play the disgraceful role of a puppet in the dirty hand of Kremlin puppeteers. If you do not want caskets from the Caucasus front to be coming to your cities and villages, do not yield to the persuasions and promises of Kremlin criminals. Boycott the service in Russian army which turned into a gang of robbers and murderers long time ago».
Department of Strategic Information, «Kavkaz-Center»
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