Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 24-30 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.


From Chechnya to Syria: New video claims to show group of fighters from Seyfullakh al-Shishani’s jamaat defecting to ISIS (24 May 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Eulogy of Chechen fighter killed in Syria claims he went to Syria because he was unable to return home and was wanted by Interpol following clashes in Lopota Gorge, Georgia (28 May 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Fighter in Seyfullakh’s Jamaat Claims He Served In Russian Foreign Military Intelligence (29 May 2014) (Eng)

Caucasus Emirate Leaders Old and New Kadyrov and former security service members give details of the efforts to kill late Caucasus Emirate leader Dokka Umarov (25 May 2014) (Rus)

NTV: Video report on the efforts to kill Umarov (25 May 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: New North Caucasus Insurgency Leader Warns Of ‘Crushing Blows’ (25 May 2014) (Eng)

Alleged Thwarted Suicide Attack near Moscow

Russian Interior Ministry: Police detained on 7 May ten residents of Dagestan who were planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the Moscow region on Victory Day (29 May 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Detained Dagestanis suspected of planning attack in Odintsovo on orders of Gasan Abdullayev’s Yuzhnaya (Southern) group (30 May 2014) (Rus)

Caucasus Emirate’s Ingushetian Vilayyat Loses Another Emir Head of Caucasus Emirate’s Ingushetian wing, Artur Gatagazhev killed in special operation in Sagopshi, Ingushetia (24 May 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Ingushetia expects a sharp fall in rebel activity following Gatagazhev’s death (26 May 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Ingushetian security services claim to have prevented a major suicide attack planned for 4 June (30 May 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Ingushetia Leader Threatens To ‘Punish’ Relatives Of Insurgents (28 May 2014) (Eng)

Terrorism Financing

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Insurgents extorted money from the head of Gergebilskiy Rayon’s energy provider, whose house was targeted by an IED attack (29 May 2014) (Rus)


Kavkazskiy Uzel: Investigation into discovery of body of Stalskoye imam and Caucasus Emirate leader’s relative drags on (28 May 2014) (Rus) Alleged leader of an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan cell who carried out robberies in Russia detained in Moscow suburb (28 May 2014) (Rus)

Moskovskiy Komsomolets: Sergey Markedonov examines the current challenges the North Caucasus poses for Russia, views the region’s integration with the rest of Russia as an ongoing issue (29 May 2014) (Rus)


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