Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 21-27 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: Caucasus Emirate leader Aliaskhab Kebekov sides with Jabhat al-Nusrah in its dispute with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (24 June 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Russian speakers within ISIL reject Kebekov’s criticisms of Umar al-Shishani (25 June 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani resident sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in the 1999 Basayev-led invasion of Dagestan (23 June 2014) (Rus)

Rapsi: A St Petersburg court sentences nine members of a NS/WP group known as Nevograd, involved in killing immigrants and homeless people (23 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Court hearing over Dagestani resident accused of fighting in Syria scheduled for 2 July (25 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Former Dagestani police officer sentenced to 19 years in prison for killing three people in a Makhachkala cafe (26 June 2014) (Rus)

Rapsi: Investigations Committee accuses six Chelyabinsk residents of propagating the ideology of Hizb ut-Tahrir (26 June 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Prosecutors seek 13 and 11 years respectively for former Makhachakala Mayor Said Amirov and his nephew, accused of plotting a terrorist attack (27 June 2014) (Rus)

Rapsi: A Moscow court sentences neo-Nazi with a silly moustache Georgiy Bortovikov to seven and a half years in jail (27 June 2014) (Rus)

Human Rights

Kavkazskiy Uzel: The relatives of detainees in Ingushetia allege police torture (24 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: The lawyer for a man accused of aiding militants complains that he is being denied access to his client (23 June 2014) (Rus). Access subsequently granted (25 June 2014) (Rus) and

Kavkazskiy Uzel: The lawyer of  man accused of carrying out a terrorist attack in Pyatigorsk claims he has been unable to see his client for six months (26 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: The relatives of a missing Dagestani man claim that the security services started persecuting him after his rebel nephew was killed in 2008 (23 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Rountable participants view a “Caucasus scenario” for Crimea as unlikely, unless the security services start acting like they do there (27 June 2014) (Rus)

General/Other Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov offers a R10 million reward for those responsible for killing policeman in Groznyy (22 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Police in Groznyy start checking passports following the murder of a police officer (23 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Involvement of two rebels, killed in Chechnya’s Gekhi, in attack on Groznyy policeman being  checked (24 June 2014) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims that security services have thwarted a series of terrorist attacks during Ramadan planned by militants coming from outside Chechnya (24 June 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Roskomnadzor head Aleksandr Zharov says Twitter plans to block ten extremist accounts for Russian users, Twitter denies (24 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Security services suggest that bomb defused in Makhachkala targeted a businessman for refusing to pay rebels (25 June 2014) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Moscow police arrest a woman engaged in drug dealing in Tolyatti, allege she used earnings to support Caucasus Emirate (24 June 2014) (Rus)  A militant killed in Makhachkala was previously amnestied by the authorities (26 June 2014) (Rus) 


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