The Caucasus Emirate (Имарат Кавказ Imarat Kavkaz) is not a country and is not recognised by other countries. It is a self-proclaimed virtual state entity. It claims to be the successor to the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. It was announced on October 31, 2007 by former President of Ichkeria, Dokka Umarov. Its military branch is the Caucasian Front. It has an area of 235,300 square kilometres (90,800 sq mi) and 18,848,917 (2011 est).
Declaration[change | change source]
On October 31, 2007, the Islamic nationalists news agency Chechen-press reported that the President of Ichkeria Doka Umarov had proclaimed an Emirate in the Caucasus and declared himself its Emir, thereby abolishing the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and its presidency.
However, according to Umarov, the bases of the rebel fighters loyal to him "spread from Azerbaijan to Abkhazia".
References[change | change source]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Official Release of the Statement by Amir Dokka Umarov about the Declaration of the Caucasus Emirate". Archived from the original on 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- ↑ Karachaevo-Cherkessia Faces Renewed Militant Activity, Mairbek Vatchagaev, The Jamestown Foundation, September 26, 2008 09:56 AM
- ↑ The Caucasus Emirate on the road from Yemen to Algeria (Part 1), Sergei Davydov, "Prague Watchdog", June 6th 2009