Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 25-31 January 2014

This week’s highlights of media reports and developments relating to extremism, terrorism and insurgency in Russia. These highlights are 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. 

Sochi Olympics

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Buynaksk police tell Dagestani Salafis not to leave town until the Olympics are over (25 January 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: FSB denies reports of suicide bomber in Sochi, but confirms she does exist (25 January 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Question marks raised over security on Maykop-Sochi road (17 January 2014)

The Moscow Times: US officials complain that Russia is not cooperating enough in sharing intelligence with the U.S. about possible threats by militants to attack Winter Olympics  (26 January 2014) (Eng)

BBC: UK warns that further terrorist attacks before or during Winter Olympics are “very likely” (27 January 2014) (Eng)

International Crisis Group: Report: Too Far, Too Fast: Sochi, Tourism and Conflict in the Caucasus (30 January 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts discuss possibility of terrorist attacks during Sochi (30 January 2014) (Rus)

December 2013 Volgograd Attacks

Reuters: Russian authorities identify two suspected of involvement in Volgograd attacks (30 January 2014) (Eng)

Investigations/Court Cases

Kommersant: Case against former Makhackala Mayor Said Amirov rumbles on (24 January 2014) (Rus) Former KGB officer sentenced for attempting to seize power alongside neo-Nazi Northern Brotherhood (28 January 2014) (Rus)  Four Hizb ut-Tahrir activists accused of plotting overthrow of government (28 January 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Court to hear case against Makhachkala doctor accused of helping militants (29 January 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Court starts hearing case against Novosibirsk Dzhamaat accused of financing North Caucasus insurgents and attempting to open “second front” (29 January 2014) (Rus)


Kommersant:  The Public Chamber debates new antiterrorism laws amid concerns over their constitutionality (28 January 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya:  From 1 February, Roskomnadzor to block sites with extremist content within an hour of receiving order from General Prosecutor (30 January 2014) (Rus)

General/Other Bodies of two police officers found in Stavropol Kray, where police are already investigating a series of murders (24 January 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant:  The Investigative Committee does not find Krasnodar Kray Governor Aleksandr Tkachev’s comments on North Caucasians to be extremist (28 January 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya:  Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov interviewed on Umarov’s death, the Sochi Olympics, terrorism, and ethnic tensions (28 January 2014) (Rus) Man detained on Russo-Ukrainian border with two boxes of radioactive material (30 January 2014) (Rus)


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