Violence in the North Caucasus

2009, A Bloody Year

The year 2009 was especially violent in the North Caucasus.  In those twelve months, CSIS tracked more than 1100 incidents of violence – compared to 795 in 2008 – many of which were deadly.  Most alarming: the number of suicide bombings in the North Caucasus nearly quadrupled from 2008, with the majority occurring in Chechnya.  In this report, we present our findings, all of which illustrate the scope and scale of instability in the region.

This "Violence in the North Caucasus" report was made possible by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

Sarah E. Mendelson, Matthew Malarkey, Lucy Moore