Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 22-28 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. 

Tablighi Dzhamaat
SOVA Center: Imam in Altay Kray accused of cooperating with Tablighi Dzhamaat steps down (24 February 2014) (Rus)

Sochi Olympics

RFE/RL: Liz Fuller asks why militants did not attack the Sochi Winter Olympics, views it as most likely decision to harbour resources and manpower for when security weaker (27 February 2014) (Eng)

Counterterrorism Investigations Committee head Aleksandr Bastrykin wants more information on emigres suspected of supporting terrorism in Russia, DNA database of those who visit (27 February 2014) (Rus)

RT: Bastrykin says 31 terrorist attacks occurred in Russia in 2013 (27 February 2014) (Eng)

Investigations Committee of the Russian Federation: The full text of Bastrykin’s statement summing up crime and terrorism in 2013, from which the two previous stories are taken (27 February 2014) (Rus)

SOVA Center: State Duma passes in first reading bill changing laws on terrorism, control over the Internet, and anonymous payments (28 February 2014) (Rus)


Novoye Delo: Local residents complain about the behaviour of the security services during a 21-25 February special operation in Dagestan’s Magaramkentskiy Rayon (27 February 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: No casualties resulting from the insurgency in the week 17-23 February (24 February 2014) (Rus)


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