Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 27 September-3 October 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: Man detained in Chechnya on suspicion of aiding rebel Azamat Makhauri, killed in 2009 (30 September 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kabardino-Balkarian resident sentenced for illegal possession of weapons and narcotics (30 September 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: The Astrakhan branch of the FSB investigate a man for recruiting people to fight in Syria through YouTube postings (1 October 2014) (Rus)


Kavpolit: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov tells the Jordanian king that there’s no such thing as the Islamic State and its fighters have nothing to do with Islam (3 October 2014) (Rus)

The Long War Journal: Chechen fighters with ISIL reportedly fighting near the Kurdish city of Kobane (2 October 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Abdul Hakim al-Shishani, emir of the Khalifat Jamaat fighting in Latakia, reportedly fought in Chechnya (3 October 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Chechen man sentenced to three years for fighting in Syria, but FSA mentions dropped from reports (3 October 2014) (Rus)


Kommersant: President Putin pledges to shut down websites that propagate extremism (1 October 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya: The Education Ministry plans to research the roots and manifestations of extremism and draft a strategy for tackling it, including educational textbooks (1 October 2014) (Rus)


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