Dagestani sources with reference to the data of Russian bloggers reported that the 7th Guards Airborne-Assault Division had been hastily deployed to southern Dagestan.
The division includes 6,000 soldiers.
The division participated in the suppression of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956, as well as in Operation Danube that had been designed to crush the Prague Spring in 1968, in 1988-1989 division's units participated in the Baku massacre of Azeris.
The division took part in the Russian-Chechen war, first in a failed operation to storm capital Jokhar (former Grozny), and then in the mountains of Chechnya.
Attention is drawn to the fact that the transfer of the division comes amid reports that Moscow is considering the possibility of launching large-scale military operations in the Caucasus Emirate.
According to some experts, the recent statements of Russian military leaders and publications in the Russian media about the deployment of troops in Dagestan may be just a distraction from the real plans of Moscow, which is preparing for a new invasion of Georgia.
Department of Monitoring