Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 8-15 August 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.

North Caucasus/Caucasus Emirate

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Local police chief associated with human rights violations dismissed from his post (7 August 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Man accused of insurgent activity, financing Khasavyurt group and fighting in Syria detained in Bosnia (13 August 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Bosnian court to decide whether to extradite Khabib Khabibov to Russia (15 August 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: North Ossetian criminal group accused of string of murders detained in Moscow suburbs (13 August 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Greater cooperation between authorities and civil society needed to defeat terrorism (13 August 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Lawyer claims that the Dagestani security services illegally detained and beat him for three days to pressure him into refusing to represent man accused of aiding insurgency (14 August 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Lawyer, relatives unable to locate man detained on 14 August (15 August 2014) (Rus)

Chernovik: Assistant in Makhachkala prosecutor’s office dismissed on suspicion of involvement in armed attack (14 August 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: National Anti-Terrorism Committee reports 158 militants killed since the start of 2014 (13 August 2014) (Rus)

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: Investigations Committee reports that 32 Kabardino-Balkarians remain on the wanted list for terrorism and participating in illegal armed formations; insurgency involves no more than 100 people; and at least 60 from the republic are fighting in Syria (15 August 2014) (Rus)

Chernovik: Makhachkala hosts conference devoted to offering a counter-ideology to extremism in the North Caucasus (8 August 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: A Moscow court extends by two months the detention of a former student accused of fighting in Syria (11 August 2014) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: Umar Shishani Gets His Al Aqsa Brigade To Swear Oath To Baghdadi (15 August 2014) (Eng)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen resident sentenced to 8.5 years for killing Russian-speaking family in 1997 in attempt to acquire their property (12 August 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Case against Yakub Khashagulgov, accused of involvement in the Ingushetian insurgency, transferred to court (15 August 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: North Ossetian court sentences man cleared of “banditry” for illegal possession of firearms (14 August 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani woman sentenced for participating in the local insurgency (15 August 2014) (Rus)


Glavkom: Chechen separatist leader-in-exile Akhmed Zakayev claims tens of thousands of Chechens are ready to defend Ukraine (13 August 2014) (Rus)


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