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.
Izvestiya: According to proposed legislative changes, terrorism cases will only be considered by military courts in Rostov-on-the-Don and Moscow (17 April 2014) (Rus)
RAPSI: Legislation expanding Federal Security Service (FSB) powers, introducing life sentences for terrorism offences, and increasing punishments for organising mass public disturbances passes second reading in State Duma (18 April 2014) (Rus)
Chernovik: A member of the local Dagestani legislature killed in Makhachkala actively combatted extremism and terrorism in the republic (17 April 2014) (Rus)
Kavkazskiy Uzel: Salafi mosque-goers detained in Dagestani village of Shamkhal (18 April 2014) (Rus)
Kommersant: Five suspected members of the “Makhachkala subversive-terrorist group” were killed in a special operation in Stepnoy, Dagestan (17 April 2014) (Rus)
Kavkazskiy Uzel: A rebel website reported one of the people supposedly killed in Stepnoy dead back in November 2013 (17 April 2014) (Rus)