World Bulletin / News Desk
In a video posted on www.kavkazcenter.com, a mouthpiece for insurgents seeking an Islamist state, insurgent leader Doku Umarov said an order not to attack Russian targets outside the North Caucasushad been cancelled.
The Games are due to be held next February in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, close to the volatile and mountainous North Caucasus region in southern Russia. Putin has promised tight security at the Games, on which he has staked his reputation.
"They (Russia) plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims, buried on the territory of our land on the Black Sea, and we as mujahideen are obliged to not permit that, using any methods allowed us by the almighty Allah," Umarov said in the video.
"I call on you, every mujahid, either in Tatarstan, Bashkortostan or on the territory of the Caucasus to use maximum force on the path of Allah to disrupt this Satanic dancing on the bones of our ancestors," he said, referring to predominantly Muslim regions in Russia.
Ethnic minorities who consider the Sochi area as their homeland, and have suffered deportations and massacres, have criticized the Olympics.
On the 149th anniversary of the Circassian exile on May 21, 1864, Istanbul Circassian Association Chairman Tuguj Halis Din argued that the “genocide” implemented by Russia against the minority continues today.
Condemned the Olympics to be held at the former Circassian capital as cultural genocide, Din said, “the Olympics to be held in Sochi are an example of this. The Olympics to be held in 2014 in the ancient capital of Circassia, with the tagline 'Gateway to the Future' and efforts to market it as Russian territory, are far from being ethical. The forgetting of the Circassian name in the introduction to the Olympic stage and other efforts is a summary of the incidents in Sochi thus far, historical distortion and cultural genocide.”