Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 28 June – 4 July 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.

Caucasus Emirate

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Ingushetian mufti claims criminal group who have demanded money from him blew up his car in Moscow (29 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: the owner of a chain of restaurants who complained of receiving threats from militants is killed in Makhachkala, Dagestan (1 July 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Caucasus Emirate leader Aliaskhab Kebekov shifts the movement’s position on suicide bombings (3 July 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts view Kebekov’s statement on suicide bombings as an attempt to improve the movement’s image (2 July 2014) (Rus)

ExtremistRussia: Kebekov Asserts his Ideological Influence over the Caucasus Emirate (4 July 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Security services search for insurgents in Dagestan’s Maydanskoye and Balakhani (4 July 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Police kill two men accused of killing a police officer in Groznyy, claim he was sent from Dagestan (3 July 2014) (Rus)


Kavkaz Online: A Dagestani resident accused of fighting in Syria is detained in Azerbaijan (4 July 2014) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: Muslim al-Shishani gives his view of the fitna in Syria (4 July 2014) (Eng)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kommersant: Investigators accuse a rebel approaching the end of a 13-year sentence of participating in the execution of Russian soldiers during the first Chechen war (28 June 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against resident of Groznenskiy Rayon accused of membership of Tarkhan Gaziyev’s group  transferred to court (1 July 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against two Dagestani residents accused of attack on head of Rostov traffic police transferred to court (2 July 2014) (Rus)

Legislation President Putin signs law introducing prison terms for financing extremism and inciting extremism online (30 June 2014) (Rus)


Rapsi: Security services check plane at Domodedovo after bomb alert (1July 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant:  Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov interviewed on changes to federal governance in the region, claims insurgency is less ideological and more criminal than before (2 July 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Police detain mosque-goers in several Dagestani towns (4 July 2014) (Rus)


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