The U.S. Department of State said Wednesday it placed Aliaskhab Kebekov, a Russian citizen, on its terrorist blacklist. Mr. Kebekov is the current leader of the Caucasus Emirate, a group listed as a terror organization that primarily operates in the Russian North Caucasus region, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. He became head of the group following the death of Doku Umarvov, its former leader.
Caucasus Emirate, also known by its Russian acronym IK, has been linked to suicide bombings, shootings and attempted assassinations. It seeks to expel Russia from the region and establish an Islamist state in its place. In the summer of 2014, Mr. Kebekov issued a video statement proclaiming his group's "structural subordination" to al Qaeda, and noted its readiness to follow the instructions of Qaeda leadership, the State Department release said.
Mr. Kebekov, the State Department statement said, is also blacklisted by the United Nations. The U.N. listing imposed on him a global asset freeze, a travel ban and an arms embargo.
Source: Wall Street Journal