Senator Storobin, an Immigrant from the Same City as the Boston Terrorists, Calls for Stronger Law Enforcement, Increased Support for Intelligence

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As a long-time expert on Caucasus terrorism and someone who's lived in the region, Senator Storobin has often warned about the dangers of Chechen and Dagestani terrorism. Sen. Storobin calls for expanded intelligence and law enforcement in preventing further attack from this region, which is even more dangerous than Afghanistan.

Dagestan is more dangerous than Afghanistan. It has seen hundreds of terrorist acts. Those of us who lived in the region have been warning that it will eventually spread.

Sen. David Storobin, who represented the 27th New York State Senate district in Brooklyn, is condemning murderous outrage by the Boston terrorists. Sen. Storobin immigrated to the United States from Makhachkala in the Dagestan region, the same city as the terrorists, and in fact lived near the school that they attended. His family members were among the many that were kidnapped and murdered by extremists. Today, he calls for law enforcement and intelligence services to start paying attention to the radicalism coming out of that region, which has unfortunately reached our shores.

"Historically, the Caucasus Islamic community was very tolerant and even served as a refuge for tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. However, over the last quarter century, as religion was being reintroduced into the former Soviet Union after 70 years of state-legislated atheism, extremists from all over the world sought to brainwash the people of that region to embrace radical and violent ideology. While it has failed in some places, like America's close ally Azerbaijan, it unfortunately often succeeded in Chechnya and Dagestan," warned Sen. Storobin.

"Dagestan today is arguably more dangerous than Afghanistan. It has seen, without exaggeration, hundreds of terrorist acts, but because the terror was localized, little attention was paid to it internationally. Those of us who lived in the region have been warning that there is no such thing as local terrorism, that it will eventually spread. We were not surprised to learn that these terrorists are from that region."

"We need to understand that terrorism, no matter where, is a problem for all of us. I call on our intelligence services to start paying real attention to this terror hot spot, and for the government to provide intelligence and law enforcement personnel with proper support to prevent further loss of life of the innocent men, women and children."

David Storobin represented southern Brooklyn in the New York State Senate until January 1, 2013. He is a noted expert on the Caucasus affairs, having appeared on TV and in newspapers to discuss the region's terrorism for many years. To contact his office, please call (917) 932-4869 or (347) 292-8631.

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