US puts up $5 mln for info on Russia most wanted

Doku Umarov (AFP Photo)
The US has offered a $5 million reward for the information leading to the location of Russia’s most wanted Chechen terrorist leader, Doku Umarov.

“Proceeding from Russia’s Supreme Court ruling and under an appeal by the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office on the acknowledgement of the so-called Caucasus Emirate, led by Doku Umarov as a terrorist organization, the US Secretary of State put him on the list of the most dangerous terrorists and announced a $5 million reward for the information about his whereabouts,” Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin said on Thursday, as cited by Interfax agency.

The Chechen warlord claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks on Russian soil, including the explosions at Moscow Domodedovo Airport and the Moscow Metro, as well as the Nevsky Express train attack.

Speaking at a Moscow conference on the suppression of extremism and terrorism, Grin noted that lately Russian courts have pronounced 27 organizations as extremist and 19 organizations as terrorist. He underlined that countering terrorism is a priority for Russian prosecutors.

In May this year, it was already reported that the US would pay a reward for information about Doku Umarov, who had been designated as a terrorist in America about a year before the announcement.

According to the US Department of State, Umarov “is the senior leader and operational commander of the North Caucasus-based Caucasus Emirate group, whose stated goal is to establish an Islamic emirate through violence in the North Caucasus, Southern Russia, and Volga regions of the Russian Federation, with Umarov as its Emir.”