The Dagestan people showed wisdom and unity, despite the attempts of provocateurs to shake up the situation in the republic, said the head of Dagestan Sergei Melikov, describing the situation over the past weekend.
“In Dagestan today everything is stable and calm. Despite the attempts of provocateurs to shake up the situation in the republic, the Dagestan people once again showed wisdom and unity. As I already said, no one will be able to split our society and cause confusion,” he wrote on Telegram.
He added that the Dagestanis did not fall for various kinds of appeals and “spent the day off surrounded by family and friends, going about their daily affairs.”
Melikov thanked the police officers and the National Guard, who “guarded security and tranquility in the republic.” “The population was sympathetic to their work and supported them in every possible way. A striking example of this is that our youth distributed water and brought food to the police officers who were at their posts,” he noted.
On October 29, a crowd of activists burst into Makhachkala airport as a flight from Israel arrived. The damage to Makhachkala airport after the riots was estimated at 285 million rubles. Airport operations were suspended until midday on October 30. After the end of the riots, 83 participants were detained, 15 people were arrested.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the events in Makhachkala were inspired from abroad, including with the participation of the Ukrainian special services and their Western patrons. On November 3, Putin emphasized that with the events in Dagestan, “overseas figures” wanted to rock Russia from the inside.
As the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said, Putin’s meeting after the riots was devoted to measures to prevent similar situations in the future.