Doku (Dokka) Khamatovich Umarov (Chechen: Iумар КIант Доккa; Russian: Доку Хаматович Умаров; he also uses the Arabized name of “Dokka Abu Usman”) (born April 13, 1964) is the leading Islamist rebel leader in Russia.
Umarov is the former underground President of the unrecognized Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (ChRI) between 2006 and 2007 and currently the self-proclaimed Emir of the Russian North Caucasus (as the virtual and unrecognized Islamic state of Caucasus Emirate) since 2007. He is currently wanted in Russia for the alleged crimes of terrorism, kidnapping, murder and treason.
On March 31, 2010 Umarov claimed responsibility for personally ordering the Moscow Metro bombings which took the lives of 39 civilians and injured over 60 more.
Doku Umarov appeared in a released video that they say was recorded March 29 – immediately after the attacks.
What he said (in a nutshell) is that the explosions in the Moscow subway on March 29 were carried out by his personal orders and done to avenge what the special operation forces of the FSB did on February 11, 2010 in the villages of Arshty and Datyh Sunzha district of Ingushetia. At that time frame according to official records, the FSB killed 18 militants, injured five civilians, four of whom died later. The Russian military at that time had said that the gunmen used civilians as “human shields”.
Also according to Umarov, terrorist attacks on Russian territory will continue “Because peaceful Russians, who see the war only on television, need to feel what war is….”