Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 15-21 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. 

Court Cases/Investigations

RAPSI: Supreme Court upholds life sentence for Ingushetian rebel leader Ali Taziyev, aka Emir Magas (19 February 2014) (Eng)

SOVA Center: Two imams from Novosibirsk appeal to ECHR over their conviction for studying books of Turkish theologian Said Nursi, the inspiration for Nurdzhular (17 February 2014) (Eng)

SOVA Center: Tatarstan court finds five men guilty of belonging to banned organization At-Takfir wal-Hijra, planning terrorist attacks (19 February 2014) (Rus)

Hizb ut-Tahrir/Tatarstan
Nezavisimaya Gazeta:  Members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir party lobby in support of Tatarstani Muslims accused of extremism (19 February 2014) (Rus)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta:  Tatarstan’s president criticizes the authorities of Nizhnekamsk for losing control of local Islamists’ activities (20 February 2014) (Rus)

Far Right

Kommersant: Four members of a far-right group, formerly of Slavyanskiy Soyuz and having responsibility for security issues, shot dead in Moscow suburb of Rodniki (19 February 2014) (Rus)

SOVA Center: Report on xenophobia, radical nationalism, and efforts to counter it in Russia in 2013 (17 February 2014) (Rus)


Open Democracy Russia: The ever-excellent Jean-Francois Ratelle debunks some myths about the Caucasus Emirate and explores the group’s true characteristics and their implications for the Winter Olympics (13 February 2014) (Eng) Law enforcers seek to root out Islamic radicalism, punish two imams from Russian Council of Muftis (17 February 2014) (Rus)

RIA Dagestan:  Dagestan Antiterrorism Committee discusses situation in republic, claims successes in efforts against insurgency but notes 82% of region’s crimes and 170 terrorism-related acts committed in republic in 2013 (18 February 2014) (Rus)


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