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16-Jul-2012 Canadian Citizen Vilyam (William) Plotnikov Killed in Spetz-Operation


DAGESTAN/CANADA – RETWA reported last night that one of the seven NVF fighters killed in Saturday’s spetz-operation in the Kayakentskiy District was a naturalized Canadian citizen.  Vilyam Plotnikov (pictured) was born in 1989 in the Tyumenskaya Oblast, but immigrated to Canada in 2008 and received Canadian citizenship there.  He was also a “talented” boxer and lived in Toronto.

 

He earned the title Champion of Russia in boxing in 2007, and in 2008 entered the boxing championship in Ontario in the 64-69 kilogram weight class.  According to the website www.torontovka.com, he beat Beny Shamun (the future Champion of Canada) in the finals in 2008.   He trained at the Evropeiskiy Club (European Boxing School) in Toronto under its founder Boris Gitman and Efim Gorzhelson.  Gorzhelson said that Plotnikov  was much more talented than many in the club and was physically fit and a good technical fighter.  After boxing, Plotnikov trained in kick-boxing.  He reportedly attended Seneca College in Toronto in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 he returned to Russia because of “family problems.”

 

 Plotnikov had his own page on the popular “odnoklassniki” (like Facebook) website which says that he finished high school in 2005 in the western Siberian oil rich town of Megion (located about 760 kilometers northeast of the city of Tyumen).   The last time he went on the odnoklassniki website was in September 2010.  The photo is from his personal page.  

 

Plotnikov was fingerprinted in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, in late 2010 for an unknown reason.  Investigators now want to know why and how he came to be in the North Caucasus fighting on the side of the jihadists (torontovka.com; themoscowstimes.com; Interfax; RIA Novosti). Published 15:40

TERROR CHRONOLOGY

Terror Attacks, Threats, Police Activities, Trials, and Related Information

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31-Jan-2011 Profile of a Suicide Bomber and a Terror Cell

28-Jan-2011 “Nogaisky Dzhamaat” Link to Domodedovo Bombing Unfolding

 



25-Jan-2011 WABC New York Interview with Dr. Paul Murphy

Listen to John Batchelor‘s News Talk 77 WABC New York interview with Dr. Paul J. Murphy, author of the book Allah’s Angel’s Chechen Women in War, about the terror attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo’s airport.

www.wabcradio.com/sectional.asp?id=33447



05-Feb-2010 Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report No.7

06-Jan-2010 2010 Chronology of Suicide Bombings (North Caucasus)



05-Sep-2008 Do We Really Need a New War? by Dr. Paul J. Murphy

06-Oct-2007 FORUM (Part IV) North Caucasus Militant Leadership --Last updated 12 January 2008

09-Aug-2007 FORUM (Part III) – NORTH CAUCASUS MILITANT LEADERSHIP--Last Updated 29 September 2007

To ensure that all material in this FORUM is archived, I have divided the FORUM into parts.  To find Parts I and II simply scroll down the page -the Administration.



29-Jul-2007 FORUM (Part II) – NORTH CAUCASUS MILITANT LEADERSHIP--Last Updated 20 Sep 2007

In order to ensure that all material in this FORUM is properly archived, I am dividing the FORUM into parts.  To find Part I simply scroll down the page until you find "FORUM (Part I) – NORTH CAUCASUS MILITANT LEADERSHIP" and click on it.—the Administration.



23-Jul-2007 FORUM (Part I) - NORTH CAUCASUS MILITANT LEADERSHIP-last update 27 July 2007

On 2 and 8 June RETWA published two lists (see below) of Chechen and North Caucasus militant leadership sent to us by anonymous readers.  Since both lists generated a good deal of comment and discussion, we thought this would be a good opportunity to open a discussion FORUM on this important subject.  We have since received other valuable FORUM postings (below) which we hope will be of value to our readers.



01-Aug-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No. 10  

Russia’s Amnesty: A Sinister Russian Tactic or a Program Saving Lives?

 

One of our readers has asked RETWA to comment on the 27 July Jamestown Foundation article by Andrew McGregor which, the reader writes, “attempts to discredit Russia’s offer of amnesty to North Caucasus militants who lay down their arms as just (quoting from the Jamestown article) ‘a new Russian tactic’ to ensure ‘Russian rule in the North Caucasus.’ ” 

 

Unfortunately, McGregor’s article “The Amnesty Offensive: Breaking Down Basaev’s Network” does little to shed light on the genuine goal of the amnesty program--which is to save lives—nor the results yielded to date. So what RETWA would like to do in response to the reader's request is focus on the life saving value and the results of Russia’s 16 day old call to militants to lay down their arms in the aftermath of Shamil Basayev’s death on 10 July.



31-Jul-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No.9

Report on North Caucasus Militants Who Were Killed, Taken Into Custody, or Voluntarily Surrendered in the Month of May 2006 (Copyright Paul Murphy 2006)

 

RETWA publishes an end of month summary of North Caucasus militants who have been killed, taken into custody, or voluntarily surrendered to police. This brief is the fifth of 12 installments containing statistics and other data drawn from RETWA’s daily reporting. 

Please note that this brief was earlier published in the news section, but not in the analysis section in order to give the excellent article on Sadaluyev's death and Umarov's ascendancy by Gordon Hahn the longest possible run time in the analysis window.



30-Jun-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No. 8

SADULAYEV’S DEATH, UMAROV’S ASCENDANCY AND  IMPLICATIONS FOR JIHADIST TERRORISM IN RUSSIA (Copyright Gordon Hahn and RETWA, 2006)

 

RETWA welcomes short, quality analytical contributions from its readers.  The following article was written for RETWA by Gordon M. Hahn, a Senior Researcher at the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, Akribis Group, and author of Russia’s Revolution From Above (Transaction, 2002) and The Bear and the Crescent: Russia’s Unknown Jihad and Its Implications for International and U.S. National Security (forthcoming, Yale University Press, 2006).  RETWA would welcome further discussion and comments on this article which may be sent to us at the “Contact RETWA” link on the homepage or directly to the author at gordon-hahn@sbcglobal.net

 



27-May-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No. 7

Report on North Caucasus Militants Who Were Killed, Taken Into Custody or Voluntarily Surrendered in the Month of April 2006 (Copyright Paul Murphy 2006)

 

RETWA announced at the beginning of the year that it would publish an end of month summary of North Caucasus militants who had been killed in police operations, taken into custody, or who voluntarily surrendered.  This brief is the fourth of 12 installments containing statistics and other data drawn from RETWA’s daily reporting.

07-May-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No. 6

 Vachagayev’s Predicament (copyright Paul Murphy, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 14 April, Mairbek Vachagayev, the former spokesman of the now deceased President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Aslan Maskhadov, spoke on the subject of “Chechen Resistance: New Faces, New Strategies” at a Jamestown Foundation conference held in Washington D.C..



23-Apr-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No. 5

North Caucasus Casualties Resulting From Terror Attacks and Acts of Violence by Suspected Islamic Extremists in March 2006 (Copyright Paul  Murphy 2006)

 

The following figures drawn from RETWA’s daily reporting concern the number of people killed and wounded by roadside bombs, landmines, assassinations, ambushes, and other violent acts committed by suspected North Caucasus Islamic militants in the month of March 2006.  Casualties (except militant) resulting from police operations are also included.

 

The statistics presented below are broken down by republic with the following casualty categories: Civilians, Government Officials, Policemen, Russian Ministry of Defense Personnel, and Russian Interior Ministry Troops Servicemen. Note that militant casualties are not included here.  They can be found in RETWA Analysis Brief No.4.



22-Apr-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No. 4

This analysis brief consists of two parts:  Part I is our regular monthly “Report on North Caucasus Militants Who Were Killed, Taken Into Custody or Voluntarily Surrendered” for March 2006.  Part II is our “Quarterly Report on North Caucasus Militants Who Were killed, Taken Into Custody or Voluntarily Surrendered” for January-March 2006. (Copyright Paul Murphy 2006)

 

PART I : North Caucasus Militants Who Were Killed, Taken Into Custody or Voluntarily Surrendered in March 2006

24-Mar-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No. 3

Paris Trial Reveals Plot to Use Chemical and Bacterialogical Weapons Against Russia in France (copyright Paul Murphy, 2006)

 

Russia has long alleged the international connection of Chechen terrorists—allegations which more often than not have been dismissed by those in the West distrustful of Russia’s intentions.

 

For skeptics, evidence of international connections holds more credibility when presented in a non-Russian setting.  Such is the case in the evidence being presented this week in a Paris court room against members of an Islamic extremist group called the “Chechen Network” (sometimes also called the “Chechen Cell”)

18-Mar-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No. 2

Report on North Caucasus Militants Who Were Killed, Taken Into Custody or Voluntarily Surrendered in the Month of February 2006 (Copyright Paul Murphy 2006)

 

RETWA announced at the beginning of the year that it would publish an end of month summary of North Caucasus militants who had been killed in police operations, taken into custody, or who voluntarily surrendered.  This brief is the second of 12 installments containing statistics and other data drawn from RETWA’s daily reporting.

12-Feb-2006 RETWA Analysis Brief No.1

 

Report on North Caucasus Militants Who Were Killed, Taken Into Custody, or Voluntarily Surrendered in the Month of January 2006(Copyright: Paul Murphy 2006)

 

RETWA announced at the beginning of the year that it would publish an end of month summary on North Caucasus militants who were killed in police operations, taken into custody, or voluntarily surrendered. This is the first of 12 monthly installments containing statistics and other data drawn from RETWA’s daily reporting.

 



21-Oct-2005 Conflict in Chechnya Direct Cause of Pre-natal, Infant and Childhood Illness

CHECHNYA - In a recent report by Amina Visaeva for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Ms. Visaeva states there is an alarming increase in severe illnesses to babies born in Chechnya. Historically in the former Soviet Union a child was not only an addition to the family but an addition to the work force. Health care in general and maternity wards were far superior and more accessible than today.



18-Oct-2005 “Russian 9-11 Prevented”

08-Sep-2005 Synopsis of Terror Activities in the Former Soviet Union from 1991-2004

08-Jul-2005 Makhachkala’s War on Terror - a City Under Siege.

Rasyl Makashirpov



10-Jan-2005 Terror in Russia: 2004 in Review by Paul Murphy, Ph.D.