Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 26, 2011


The U.S. Department of State has authorized a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location of Doku Umarov.

Doku Umarov is the senior leader and operational commander of the North Caucasus-based Caucasus Emirate (CE) group, whose stated goal is to establish an Islamic emirate through violence in the North Caucasus, Southern Russia, and Volga regions of the Russian Federation, with Umarov as its Emir.

Under Umarov’s leadership, CE has conducted suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism. CE has launched terrorist attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), vehicle-born IEDs, and suicide bombers. Umarov has claimed responsibility for various terrorist attacks, including the January 2011 bombing of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport which killed 36 people, March 2010 suicide bombings of two Moscow subway stations which killed 40 people, and the November 2009 bombing of the high-speed Nevsky Express train in which 28 people were killed.

Umarov has issued several public statements encouraging followers to commit violent acts against CE’s declared enemies, which include the United States as well as Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom. In June 2010, the U.S. Department of State designated Umarov as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. The designation provides the U.S. Government with the legal means to disrupt Umarov’s financial support network.

Umarov was born April 13, 1964 in Kharsenoi, Chechnya, in the former Soviet Union. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He has a full beard and mustache, both of which are brown in color. More information about Doku Umarov is located on the Rewards for Justice web site (www.rewardsforjustice.net/umarov).

We encourage anyone with information on Doku Umarov’s location to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, any U.S. military commander, or the Rewards for Justice office via the website (www.rewardsforjustice.net), e-mail (RFJ@state.gov) or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, DC 20520-0303, USA).

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Since its inception in 1984, the Rewards for Justice Program has paid more than $100 million to more than 60 persons who provided actionable information that put terrorists behind bars or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide.



PRN: 2011/834