Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 21-28 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. 

Caucasus Emirate Leadership Change

Moskovskiy Komsomolets cites a source close to the investigation, who claims the late CE leader Dokka Umarov was poisoned after appointing the new Ingushetian emir (21 January 2014) (Rus)


Long War Journal: Muhammad al-Shishani, a commander who succeeded fellow Chechen Seyfullakh al-Shishani as commander of an Al-Nusrah Front unit, is reported killed in Lermon, Syria (22 March 2014) (Eng)

Long War Journal: Al Qaeda-linked Saudi cleric in Syria praises fighters from Islamic Caucasus Emirate (28 March 2014) (Eng)

Bolshoy Kavkaz:  Police in Krasnodar detain a Karachayevo-Cherkessia resident who allegedly represents Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar in Syria (25 March 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

ITAR-TASS: Resident of Chechnya sentenced to 12 years for attempt on life of Ingushetian Rosselkhoznadzor department head Ruslan Dakhkhilgov (28 March 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against Chechen accused of attack on imam and Dagestani policeman transferred to court (27 March 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against two residents of Kabardino-Balkaria, accused of aiding militants, transferred to court (28 March 2014) (Rus)

Case against Military Organization of Russian Nationalists (BORN) members sent to court (26 March 2014) (Rus)

Crimean Tatars Crimea’s Tatars meet to discuss response to Russian annexation (28 March 2014) (Eng)


Turkish charity Imkander organizes rallies in Turkey to commemorate killed Caucasus Emirate leader Dokka Umarov (24 March 2014) (Eng)

ITAR-TASS: Dagestani Interior Minister claims there are 13 rebel groups operating in Dagestan (27 March 2014) (Eng) examines the possibilities for Islamic insurgency in the Urals (25 March 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani Interior Ministry continue to search for suspected potential suicide bomber (28 March 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskaya Politika: Roundtable discusses North Caucasus media issues, the problems of countering extremist ideology, and difficult relations between the media and the authorities (27 March 2014) (Rus)

Vestnik Kavkaz: Musa Musayev on the illusion of stability in Dagestan created by the media’s failure to report on violent incidents (28 March 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts consider efforts to control appearance of Muslims in Chechen mosques to be problematic and counterproductive (28 March 2014) (Rus)

CTC Sentinel: Derek Henry Flood looks at the transformation of the Caucasus Emirate From Anti-Colonialist Roots to Salafi-Jihad (26 March 2014) (Eng)


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