Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 20-26 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: Thirty websites banned in Dagestan for extremism (23 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Chechen resident complains of torture in letter to republic’s human rights ombudsman (23 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Whereabouts of four people detained in an 18 September special operation in Dagestan’s Vremennyy still unknown (25 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani court arrests Buynaksk resident suspected of being Hizb ut-Tahrir member (25 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kizilyurt residents protest over alleged abduction of 31 year old Dagestani man (26 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Unknown people kill an opponent of Salafism behind the construction of a mosque in the Dagestani village of Teletl (26 September 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Court finds Astrakhan residents accused of recruiting militants to fight in Syria, Egypt and the North Caucasus guilty (22 September 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Leader of the Militant Organisation of Russian Nationalists (BORN) sentenced to a further 18 years for a series of murders (25 September 2014) (Rus)


The Long War Journal: The US State Department adds Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar and Muslim al-Shishani to its list of designated terrorists (24 September 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: The US State Department’s Designation of Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar contains several sloppy errors (25 September 2014) (Eng)

Izvestiya: Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev tells CIS meeting that ISIS militants pose a threat upon their return (26 September 2014) (Rus)


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