Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 17-23 May 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.

Regional Leadership Reshuffle

Novoye Delo: Expert Yekaterina Sokiryanskaya views leadership change as an attempt by the Kremlin to find a means of controlling the North Caucasus without substantial political reform and handing power to the local population; Maksim Shevchenko links it to NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the possible return of Russian speaking fighters from Syria (18 May 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: New North Caucasus envoy Sergey Melnikov describes preventing the spread of terrorism and extremism as his main task (21 May 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kommersant: Dagestan’s Supreme Court sentences seven members of Yuzhnaya group who surrendered to the republic’s reconciliation commission (17 May 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Moscow court finds guilty five men accused of murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya (21 May 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Pravozashchita activist Zarema Bagavutdinov, accused of supporting terrorism, sentenced to five years in prison (21 May 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Deputies from Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada ask the General Prosecutor to review the case of Adam Osmayev, arrested in 2012 for plotting to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin (23 May 2014) (Rus)


Izvestiya: The government is preparing legislation that will increase supervision of those who are released following completion of sentences for terrorism, extremism, and attacks on police (20 May 2014) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: Abdul-Karim Krymskiy, second-in-command in the Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar group of predominantly foreign fighters, warns Crimean Tatars to wage jihad or risk another deportation (20 May 2014) (Eng)


Kavpolit: Inter-regional conference examines the reasons young people join the insurgency (18 May 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Security services accused of not doing everything possible to ensure peaceful resolution to Kabardino-Balkaria special op (20 May 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov’s bodyguards wounded in shootout near Magas airport (22 May 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Omaraskhab Alibegov, an imam from the village of Stalskoye in Dagestan’s Kizilyurtovskiy Rayon who was found dead on 16 May, was a nephew of Caucasus Emirate Emir Aliaskhab Kebekov.  Alibegov’s relatives claim he was kidnapped by security services on 14 May (17 May 2014) (Rus)

RIA Dagestan: Residents of Dagestani village of Sogratl decide to establish self-defense militias to help police find insurgents and their accomplices (22 May 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: The leader of the Kabarda-Balkar-Karachay Vilayyat is one of four people killed in a special operation in Baksan, Kabardino-Balkaria (23 May 2014) (Rus)

Life News: Security services discover 150kg explosives, arms cache at site of Baksan special operation  (23 May 2014) (Rus)


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