A Muslim university professor and a peacemaker who criticised radical Islamists was shot dead in Dagestan in a killing that sent a shockwave around the conflict-torn Russian region, officials confirm Wednesday. Maksud Sadikov, 48 years, and his nephew were shot in the yard of his home in Makhachkala, the regional capital of Dagestan, late Tuesday, the Investigative Committee said in a statement. In a region ravaged by violence and extremism like Dagestan, such news might pass unnoticed. Dagestan, a Muslim Caspian Sea region known for its ancient culture and tapestry of ethnic groups, experiences almost daily violence, officials blame on militants seeking to establish an Islamic state across the Russian Caucasus.
What makes the difference this time is the victim’s social status.
Maksud Ibnuhadzharovich Sadikov was born in 1963 in the settlement Archib of Charodinsky district of Dagestan. He studied in Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazev and in the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. Sadikov had called for moderate religious education to combat Islamist extremism and was an expert on Wahhabism, a form of Islam espoused by insurgents in Russia’s North Caucasus which he fiercely opposed. According to AFP Moscow: “We have lost a very well known man, who had authority in Dagestan. This is not only a murder, it is a challenge to all of our society” said Dagestan’s leader, Magomedsalam Magomedov after an emergency meeting with top security officials.
In contrast with Sadikov, unfortunately, the problem of Magomedov is precisely his lack of authority. And the habit of contradicting himself with an innocent nonchalance. Although asked to find and punish the killers, he is one who recognizes that “dozens of people are killed by terrorists every year. And for the most part these crimes are unsolved and the criminals unpunished.” “How long can this continue ?” asked Magomedov, quoted by RIA NOVOSTI agency. Rhetorical question? Surely you’ll be tempted to answer positively. Well, you are wrong, is not a rhetorical question. The things may be headed in the right direction. Or at least that was the message conveyed by Deputy Head of Kremlin‘s Administration, Vladislav Surkov in his recent visit to Dagestan. He noted that in Moscow and other Russian regions of the Caucasus “a very special performance”. “People are hardly believe that one can come here and calmly walk through the streets. This distrust is largely far-fetched. Of course, we reverse the situation. But this also need to show a normal life Dagestan. No need to sugar coat anything, but in a black and gray tones show the life of the republic is unjust. Population is much more diverse, interesting, and, by and large, peaceful life, which should tell” – said the deputy head of presidential administration, probably thinking that he deserves a rematch in the struggle for sphere of influence. Approved by Magomedov, of course, who does not really understand anything of the speech upbeat and smiling figure of the first Kremlin ideologist. But I don′t think that his obedience will matter in the Kremlin President’s patience. And in Moscow, the ways struggle for influence are more tangled than the languages of Babylon. Remember that Magomedov wasn’t the candidate initially favored by the President’s circle. Medvedev and his chief of staff, Sergei Naryshkin, originally wanted to nominate Magomed Abdullayev (actually Dagestan’s PM), a former university acquaintance of the Russian president. (FULL TEXT)