Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 5-11 April 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

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Orkhan Dzhemal thinks it is too early to talk about a change in rebel tactics following Kebekov’s accession to the leadership (4 April 2014) (Rus) Aleksandr Bortnikov, head of the Federal Security Services (FSB), confirms the “neutralisation” of Caucasus Emirate leader Dokka Umarov, sums up statistics for first quarter of 2014. Report includes summary of previous reports on Umarov’s death and a short biography (8 April 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts claim that the FSB concealed Umarov’s death because the uncertainty was more advantageous to them and information needed to be verified (8 April 2014) (Rus)

RAPSI: Bortnikov claims that Umarov’s group was eliminated toward the end of 2013 (10 April 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Suspected leaders of Ingushetian sector sentenced for, among others, Vladikavkaz market attacks (9 April 2014) (Rus) Sergey Markedonov examines the implications of Umarov’s death, notes the North Caucasus remains divided from the rest of Russia (9 April 2014) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: Three-part look at background of Jund al-Sham leader Muslim al-Shishani (6-7 April 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria:  More on the history of Muslim al-Shishani (8 April 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Profile of Abu Musa al-Shishani (6 April 2014) (Eng)

Far Right

Kommersant: Investigation finds that four members of far right group Slavyanskiy Soyuz were killed in February in “business” dispute, not over politics (7 April 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Case against Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists (BORN) sent to different court to preserve objectivity (10 April 2014) (Rus)


RIA Novosti: President Putin claims extremist groups are trying to expand their activities to central Russia and Volga regions and provoke interethnic and interconfessional conflict (7 April 2014) (Rus) Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims “wahhabis and terrorists” in his republic have been almost entirely eliminated (8 April 2014) (Rus)

New York Times: Russia Didn’t Share All Details on Boston Bombing Suspect, Report Says (9 April 2014) (Eng) North Ossetian villagers block highway for two hours in protest at detention of two people accused of being militants (11 April 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: North Ossetian villagers return to block highway after failure to reach agreement with local authorities (11 April 2014) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Bortnikov claims the security services prevented suicide bomb attacks on the Olympics (10 April 2014) (Rus)

Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov reiterates claim that terrorist activity in Chechnya almost entirely eliminated, local militants leaderless (9 April 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Number of organizations and people involved in financing terrorism increased by almost 20% (8 April 2014) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Police source says rural imam shot dead in Dagestan’s Kizilyurtovskiy Rayon was an active campaigner against radical Islam (11 April 2014) (Rus)

Open Democracy Russia: What next for the Crimean Tatars? Mansur Mirovalev on the Crimean Tatars’ situation and their attitude to Russia (11 April 2014) (Eng) 


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