On Oct. 13 there was an uprising in Nalchik, the capital. Men had been dragged out of a mosque as they were praying, and crosses had been shaved on their heads. They couldn’t take it anymore and went on a rampage to kill police.
After the uprising, 2,000 people went through the police meat-grinder, and the rest fled. The bodies of the Muslims have still not been released. One of the widows told me: “I asked my 16-year-old son if he was prepared to die for Allah. He said, ‘I don’t know, Mama, I’d like to live a bit first.'” Now he’s on the run. So that he won’t be killed.