Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 1-7 February 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

ICSR Insight looks at Dokka Umarov and his adoption of global jihadist ideology, the threat to Sochi, and the potential implications of an attack (6 February 2014) (Eng)

Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexey Malashenko views lone wolves as possibly posing the greatest threat to the Games (6 February 2014) (Eng)

CSIS: Gordon Hahn gets carried away with the idea of a chemical weapons attack on Sochi (6 February 2014) (Eng)

December 2013 Volgograd Attacks Security services kill two rebels in Izberbash, Dagestan, claim they may have organized Volgograd attacks (5 February 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant:  More details and biographical data on the alleged rebels killed in Izberbash and suspected of involvement in the Volgograd attacks (6 February 2014) (Rus)

Investigations/Court Cases Jury finds Primorskiye Partisans guilty of multiple murders and robberies; appeal planned (4 February 2014) (Rus)


Jamestown Foundation: Murad Batal al-Shishani looks at Chechen groups in Syria, their training (7 February 2014) (Eng)


Kavkazskiy Uzel: Roundtable attributes radicalism in Kabardino-Balkaria to unemployment and lack of opportunities for young (3 February 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Regional head previously accused of links to militants dismissed in Karachayevo-Cherkessia (3 February 2014) (Rus)

Foreign Affairs: Robert D. Crews looks at Russian official policy towards Islam and Putin’s attempts to co-opt Russian Muslims and their leaders (6 February 2014) (Eng) Kadyrov supposedly claims/implies his units’ involvement in the death of Seyfullakh al-Shishani in Syria (but the Instagram post is no longer there) (6 February 2014) (Rus)


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