Staunton, June 20 – Daghestan does not have clans and clannishness in the sense in which people talk about it in Moscow, according to acting republic head Ramzan Abdulatipov, but it does have family and tribal divisions which can cause trouble and “commands that become bands” which always do.
In an interview with “Moskovsky Komsomolets” on the occasion of his 100th day in office in Makahchkala, Abdulatipov devoted much of his time to discussing these differences and why they present so many problems in Daghestan (mk.ru/politics/article/2013/06/19/871675-vrio-prezidenta-dagestana-abdulatipov-rasskazal-kak-sozdayutsya-banditskie-klanyi.html
Such clans not only exist; they are part of the political process.
And each one that has a militant wing “is no less dangerous than the largest,” Kisriyev added. “One has to deal with each of them … If Moscow thinks that by breaking up two or three clans that it will solve all problems, then it is very much mistake.” Indeed, the destruction of one of the largest, like that around Amir, may yield “another big problem.”