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Ukrainian official names next Russia's region to see mass unrest 

30 October, 2023 Monday
20:58

Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, former head of the Ukrainian Security Service and lawmaker, believes that the Chechen Republic is likely to be the next region of the Russian Federation where mass protests could take place

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He said this on Espreso TV. 

"We are not talking about versions, but about facts. The whole world and we are witnessing today that the Putin regime will soon come to an end. In fact, there is no power in Russia. It is a regime that has no control over the republics. The republics of the Russian Federation, where Islam predominates, have long been out of the Kremlin's control," Nalyvaichenko explained.

According to the MP, mass protest movements in the Russian Federation will only increase.

"Destabilization processes in Russia are gaining momentum. We can already say that Russia is falling apart and the main reason for this is the aggression against Ukraine. It was Putin's insane and suicidal decision to invade Ukraine that provoked an unstable situation in Russia, which was already unstable. It all started with Prigozhin's rebellion. Now there are mass protests in Dagestan. And this is just the beginning. I predict that the next one will be the Chechen Republic," he added.

Anti-Semitic actions at the Makhachkala airport

According to the Russian outlet Izvestia, there were protests at the airport in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, against an arriving plane carrying Israelis.

On the evening of October 29, several thousand people gathered to express support for Palestine and displayed anti-Israel signs.

The message stated, "Several thousand people from neighboring villages, towns, and districts have assembled at the international terminal of Makhachkala Airport, including men, women, and children."

Later, the protesters managed to gain access to the airport building by breaking the entrance door.

Additionally, they blocked roads and tried to overturn cars. Law enforcement officers fired warning shots into the air when the crowd approached a patrol car.

Subsequently, the Russian media reported that the protesters attempted to approach a Red Wings aircraft, likely arriving from Israel, with some individuals even climbing onto the plane's wing to find passengers from Tel Aviv.

However, Russian RBC reported that Rosaviatsia, Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency, announced the temporary closure of the airport due to the presence of unidentified individuals on the airport grounds. This measure would be in place until the situation returned to normal. Law enforcement agencies were on-site to address the situation, the message said. 

Planes scheduled to land at Makhachkala were diverted to alternate airports. The Makhachkala airport was expected to resume operations on October 31.

The government of Dagestan announced a 24-hour work schedule in response to the situation.

The head of the Dagestan government said, "We declare a 24-hour work schedule for the Dagestan government. All departments are actively engaged. We sympathize with the people of Palestine and understand the emotions of our citizens. However, we must avoid spreading panic. Dagestan's people have a history of being composed and fair."

Furthermore, the head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Oleksandr Bastrykin, took charge of the investigation into the mass disturbances in Dagestan.

Later, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing the Ministry of Health of Dagestan, that there were casualties among both police officers and civilians as a result of the airport riots.

As of the morning of October 30, over 20 casualties have been reported, with two individuals in critical condition.

Local police have identified over 150 active participants in the riots, and 60 of them have been detained. A criminal case has been initiated under the charge of mass disturbances.

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