Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 6-12 September 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/North Caucasus

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Two alleged members of Khasavyurt group killed in shootout with police (6 September 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: One Year After Leader’s Death, North Caucasus Insurgency Soldiers On (7 September 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Protestors demand an investigation into the death of five hunters whose bodies were found in a car in Shamkhal, Dagestan (8 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Karachayevo-Cherkessia resident accused of aiding terrorist activity by encouraging involvement in the Syrian conflict (11 September 2014) (Rus)

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: National Antiterrorism Committee calls for vigilance in Kabardino-Balkaria ahead of local parliamentary elections (11 September 2014) (Rus)

Russian Interior Ministry: Man accused of financing militants in Khasavyurt extradited from Bosnia (11 September 2014) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Chechens are distributing an audio supposedly of a former Jaysh al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar military emir, who claims Chechens are involved in fighting in Ukraine to alleviate the situation in the North Caucasus (7 September 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya To Syria: Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar Says 14-year-old Syrian Fighting In Its Ranks (8 September 2014) (Eng)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani court sentences man to two years in prison for promoting extremism and terrorism online (5 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani prosecutors accuse man of aiding insurgents (5 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against Dagestani man accused of aiding insurgents transferred to court (9 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Jury dismissed in case against those accused of murdering a Dagestani parliamentarian and his relatives (10 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: One of the witnesses in the case examining the murder of a Dagestani journalist retracts his testimony (10 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Lawyers claim that those accused of involvement in the 2013 Volgograd attacks are being deprived of their rights and that their lawyers are being forced to work in an atmosphere of fear (11 September 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Investigators present the final charges in the second case against former Dagestani Mayor Said Amirov (11 September 2014) (Rus)


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