TURKISH CITIZEN ARRESTED IN DAGESTAN IS A MEMBER OF TERRORIST GROUP
28-year-old citizen of Turkey Ali Soitekin Ollu arrested during a joint operation of the Russian Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service, is an active member of an international terrorist group.
As it became known to a REGNUM correspondent, during the operation, Soitekin Ollu confessed that from 2001 to 2005 he was an active member of the terrorist group led by Abu Khavs (representative of Al-Qaeda).
Representatives of the FSS also stated that in 1996-1997 Ali Soitekin served in the Turkish army, and in 2001 he was enlisted by Islamic extremists to fight in Chechnya. He departed to Baku, from there to Tbilisi, and then took taxi to Pankiss canyon, where Abu Khavs resided at that time. There, he was trained as commando among 35 of his compatriots, under the command of Turkish citizen Abu Zar.
On August 2002, Ali Soitekin as a member of a terrorist group led by warlord Gelayev arrived in Chechnya, where in 2002-2004 he actively participated in attacks through all Chechnya, including the attack on the village of Avtury (Shali district) where the terrorists took 12 peaceful citizens as hostages.
In 2004, Ali Soitekin was wounded and was taken to Dagestan, where he received treatment for a year. He was arrested on December 29 and is currently under investigation.
- 1921 Drastamat Kanayan (Dro), Supreme Commander of the Armenian Army, together with a group of Armenian officers, is exiled from Armenia. He died in 1956, in the USA.
- 1924 Creation of the "Girk" (book) publishing house in Yerevan, under the direction of Martiros Saryan.
- 1936 The Komitas String Quartet earns the First Place at the USSR Chamber Ensemble Competition.
- 1942 The 390th Armenian division is formed in the Kerch peninsula under Colonel S. Zakyan. The 409th division, reinforced by Armenian soldiers and officers in Armenia, is renamed the Armenian Division under the command of A. Vassilyan.