Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 31 May-6 June 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: Has Core Of “Sayfullah’s Jamaat” Defected To ISIS? (30 May 2014) (Eng)

The Clear Banner: “The Clash Over ‘Real Jihad’ in Syria: ISIS vs. the Caucasus Emirate” (4 June 2014) (Eng)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: A Makhachkala court finds a woman previously detained over the October 2013 Volgograd bombings guilty of illegally possessing firearms and narcotics (3 June 2014) (Rus)

SOVA Center: A Moscow city court starts hearing the case against four men accused of cooperating with banned group Hizb ut-Tahrir (6 June 2014) (Rus)


Nezavisimaya Gazeta: State Duma wants to amend the law on extremism to prevent the leaders of banned organizations from ever creating new ones (4 June 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Changes to law on extremism influenced by Ukraine but may be unconstitutional (4 June 2014) (Rus)


Kavkazskiy Uzel: Counterterrorism operation imposed at 14 different locations in Ingushetia (31 May 2014) (Rus) Federal Security Service Director Aleksandr Bortnikov claims several terrorist attacks during Sochi Olympics prevented, promises to help stop attempts to overthrow the Commonwealth of Independent States’ ruling governments (6 June 2014) (Rus)


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