Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 11-17 January 2014

Starting this week, I’m trialling a weekly post that highlights media reports and developments relating to extremism, terrorism and insurgency in Russia.  It’s intended to provide an overview of the most interesting stories rather than a comprehensive survey of all reporting on the issues.  Interesting material from extremist websites that may complement the picture is not included – for ethical (and legal) reasons, I choose not to link to extremist material.

Kadyrov Claims Caucasus Emirate Leader Dokka Umarov Is Dead

Instagram: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov declares Umarov dead (16 January 2014) (Rus) More details on Kadyrov’s claim, which a security service source says cannot be corroborated (16 January 2014) (Rus)

YouTube: An audio tape of Caucasus Emirate emirs allegedly discussing Umarov’s replacement (16 January 2014) (Rus)

Shameless self-promotion: my take on the claims (17 January 2014) (Eng)

Security at the Sochi Winter Olympics

The Moscow Times: The United States issues a travel alert for Americans travelling to the Games (12 January 2014) (Eng)

The Moscow Times: (Wild and unsubstantiated) speculation that North Caucasus insurgents could use “unstoppable” drones to attack the Olympics (12 January 2014) (Eng)

Vedomosti: Sochi Olympics will be the least open in history (13 January 2014) (Rus)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta:  On increased security measures and increased insurgent activity ahead of Sochi Winter Olympics (13 January 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel:  North Ossetia shortens Olympic flame route because of security concerns (16 January 2014) (Rus)

Developments Relating to December’s Volgograd Attacks

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Pavel Pechenkin, an ethnic Russian fighting with the North Caucasus insurgency, ruled out as suspect in Volgograd attack (13 January 2014) (Rus) The December Volgograd attacks were supposed to be triple attacks; third bomber hiding in Moscow (14 January 2014) (Rus)

Counterterrorism Measures

RIA Novosti/The Moscow Times: Interior Ministry announces tender for suicide bomber detector (12 January 2014) (Eng)

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: More details on the tender for a suicide bomb detector, problems with existing technology (13 January 2014) (Rus)

Moskovskiy Komsomolets: Federation Council member Konstantin Dobrynin defends plans to make officials accountable for failing to prevent terrorist attacks (13 January 2014) (Rus)

Hardingush:  Security services blogger defends failure to detain militants in special ops, rejects accusations of security service involvement in terrorist attacks (12 January 2014) (Rus)

General/Other Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov rules out using force to resolve the territorial dispute with Ingushetia (12 January 2014) (Rus)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Tatarstani activists plan to set up a “Muslim Human Rights Centre” to defend Muslims accused of extremism (14 January 2014) (Rus) 200 people detained in Perm for planning to provoke mass brawl with Central Asian migrants (13 January 2014) (Rus)

Channel One: Five members of an “international terrorist organization detained in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria (11 January 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Police search apartment of Chechen lawyer Murad Musayev (13 January 2014) (Eng)


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