NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.U.290.11. DOKU KHAMATOVICH UMAROV
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 10 March 2011
Doku Khamatovich Umarov was listed on 10 March 2011 pursuant to paragraph 2 of resolution 1904 (2009) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “recruiting for”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” the Islamic Jihad Group (QE.I.119.05), the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (QE.I.10.01), Riyadus-Salikhin Reconnaissance and Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs (RSRSBCM) (QE.R.100.03) and Emarat Kavkaz (QE.E.131.11).
Doku Khamatovich Umarov held the position of “Secretary of the Security Council” of the self-proclaimed “Republic of Ichkeria” in 1997. In August 1999, as commander of the so-called “south-western front”, he helped organize and actively participated in an attack by militants on the Republic of Dagestan, the Russian Federation. In August 2004 he was appointed "Minister of State Security of Ichkeria" and issued a direct order for the elimination of Russian and foreign citizens.
Doku Umarov was appointed “Vice-President of Ichkeria” on 16 June 2005, by decree of Abdul Khalim Sadulayev, the self-proclaimed “President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria”. On 17 June 2006, he took over “presidential” duties following the death of his predecessor, Abdul Khalim Sadulayev. He appointed Shamil Salmanovich Basayev (deceased) as his deputy.
Doku Umarov was directly involved in organizing a number of major terrorist acts: the capture of residential areas of the Vedenski and Urus-Martanovski districts of the Chechen Republic the Russian Federation (August 2002); the kidnapping of staff from the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Chechen Republic (December 2002); and the bombings of the building housing the Department of the Russian Federal Security Service for the Republic of Ingushetia, in the city of Magas, and of two railway trains in Kislovodsk (September 2003). He was one of the main organizers of the raid on Ingushetia by militants on 22 June 2004, the sortie into Grozny on 21 August 2004, the hostage-taking in Beslan of 1-3 September 2004 and the terrorist attacks in Moscow metro stations on 29 March 2010.
Doku Umarov is the leader of the Emarat Kavkaz (Caucasus Emirate) (QE.E.131.11). He has approximately 750 militants under his command as well as emissaries in foreign countries. In addition, he has overall command of groups operating in the North Caucasus, organizes major terrorist acts and coordinates the provision of resources to militants.
Doku Umarov, as the leader of the Caucasus Emirate, has past connections to several listed entities, including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (QE.I.10.01) and the Islamic Jihad Union, listed as the Islamic Jihad Group (QE.I.119.05). In a statement released in May 2009, Doku Umarov took credit for restoring the Riyadus-Salikhin Reconnaissance and Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs (RSRSBCM) (QE.R.100.03), a group previously led by Shamil Salmanovich Basayev (deceased) and responsible for a number of high profile attacks in Russia. Since 2009, the RSRSBCM has publicly taken credit for several terrorist attacks in Russia and has claimed to act under direct orders of Doku Umarov.
The Russian authorities have opened a case file on Doku Umarov on the grounds of crimes of gangsterism, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, kidnapping, robbery, terrorism, murder, and illicit sale of arms, ammunition and explosives. In 1992, Doku Umarov was charged with two counts of murder and was charged in absentia for a crime committed under article 102 of the Russian Criminal Code. In 2000, an international warrant was issued for his arrest.
The Kavkazcenter has been proclaimed the official information organ of the Emarat Kavkaz by Doku Umarov. Publications on the website are in Russian, English, Arabic, Turkish and Ukrainian. The main address is Kavkazcenter.com. The additional web portals are Kavkazcenter.info, Kavkazcenter.net, Kavkaz.org.uk and Kavkaz.tv. The principal internet provider of the website is located in Stockholm, Sweden. In March 2008 it published “Concept of the Islamic State”. Since 2007 the website has regularly published videos in which Doku Umarov and the heads of the Emarat Kavkaz have taken personal responsibility for terrorist acts carried out on the territory of Russia including the one at the Domodedovo airport (Moscow) on 24 January 2011.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (QE.I.10.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Riyadus-Salikhin Reconnaissance and Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs (RSRSBCM) (QE.R.100.03), listed on 4 March 2003
Islamic Jihad Group (QE.I.119.05), listed on 1 June 2005
Emarat Kavkaz (QE.E.131.11), listed on 29 July 2011