Published June 25, 2012
Relatives of abducted young men and women, mostly Salafi Muslims, protest in Dagestan against local police and federal forces, who they say torture with electricity or "disappear" their beloved ones. After the parliament elections, Moscow deployed the military "to prevent and counter terrorism and extremism" in the region. Everyday, thousands of Russian units and armored military vehicles patrol this area, 120 miles north of Iran. Meanwhile, both Salafi imams and Dagestan's administration seem to have lost control over the escalating civil war between local police and Islamist insurgents.