Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 8-14 March 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

RAPSI: A court in the Altay Republic finds a former imam of the Kosh-Agachskiy Rayon guilty of creating a cell of the banned Tablighi Dhzamaat movement (6 March 2014) (Eng)

Novyye Izvestiya:  Tatarstan’s president criticizes authorities for inadequate efforts to tackle extremism.  The publication links it to the situation in Crimea and attempts to resolve problems before Crimean Tatars become part of Russia (13 March 2014) (Rus)


Open Democracy Russia on instability in Dagestan, the Olympics, pressure on Salafis and the differences with Chechnya (8 March 2014) (Eng)’s-hottest-spot
Kavkazskiy Uzel: Academic Mikhail Roshchin considers it likely that Caucasus Emirate leader Dokka Umarov is dead and the Emirate itself is in decline (11 March 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Interview with Irina Starodubrovskaya, who views the North Caucasus as going through a generational conflict (12 March 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant on the origins and consequences of Moscow’s North Caucasus policy (12 March 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant:  Interview with Denis Sokolov, who views violence in the North Caucasus as an instrument of political competition (12 March 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya:  Dagestani security services claim that they prevented an assassination attempt against Khasavyurt Mayor Saygidpashu Umakhanov (12 March 2014) (Rus)


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