Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia – Vladimir Putin visited Dagestan, a Russian autonomous republic in Northern Caucasus. The Russian President visited the village of Botlikh, where they’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the victory over the terrorists, who invaded Dagestan in August of 1999. The President met with the people who were the first to stand in the way of Basayev’s and Khattab’s terrorist gangs. Last month, Vladimir Putin signed the law on assigning the status of war veterans to Dagestani militiamen.
Apart from this visit to the brave people of Botlikh, and before his flight from Makhachkala to Sochi, the President met with the mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov. The day before, Khabib just returned from Abu Dhabi, where he had his 28th fight against the American fighter Dustin Poirier and where he achieved his 28th victory. Today Vladimir Putin appraised this fight not only as a viewer but also as a sportsman.