Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 11-17 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.

North Caucasus/Caucasus Emirate

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen police search for an accomplice of the suicide bomber who carried out an attack in Groznyy on 5 October (10 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Relatives of woman detained in Kirovaul special operation allege torture (10 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Conference in Stavropol Kray discusses diversity and conflict in the North Caucasus (11 October 2014) (Rus)

The Moscow Times: Federal Security Services Director Aleksandr Bortnikov reports a 50% drop in the number of terrorist attacks (14 October 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen investigators claim they have identified, but refuse to name, the organisers of the 5 October 2014 suicide attacks in Groznyy (15 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Residents of blockaded village of Vremennyy in Dagestan complain of fires, food shortages (15 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: President Putin calls for the investigation of journalist deaths in Dagestan (14 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Local deputy killed in special operation in Dagestan’s Tabasaranskiy Rayon (16 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: The National Antiterrorism Committee claims that three men killed in a Derbent special operation planned to carry out a terrorist attack and then travel to Syria (16 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavkaz Online: Turkish police arrest two men suspected of assassinating a representative of Chechen separatists on behalf of Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov (16 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Chechen police search for a man suspected of planning a suicide bomb attack (16 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Relatives of a man killed in a Derbent special operation claim the Dagestani security services arrested him and planted his body at the scene (17 October 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: A Moscow court fails for a fifth time to form a jury in the case against the Militant Organisation of Russian Nationalists (BORN) (13 October 2014) (Rus)

RAPSI: Case against three Dagestani men accused of planting 50kg IED goes to court (10 October 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: ECHR starts considering case brought by the victims of Beslan (15 October 2014) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: Joanna Paraszczuk looks at ethnic jamaats within ISIS (11 October 2014) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Joanna Paraszczuk asks whether Georgia has anything to fear from the threat posed by ISIS in the Pankisi Gorge (14 October 2014) (Eng)

The Moscow Times: Islamic State’s Threat to Russia Is More Ideology Than Impending Attack (14 October 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Criminal case opened against Kabardino-Balkarian resident suspected of fighting in Syria (14 October 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Nogays may be involved with the ISIL units fighting in Kobani (15 October 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: A relative of the Kabardino-Balkarian resident accused of fighting in Syria claims he is a convert who was wounded in fighting (16 October 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: The Ministry of Justice explains why it wants to close Memorial (14 October 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: FSB bomb disposal experts neutralise IED in south-east Moscow (14 October 2014) (Rus)

RAPSI: Eight Hizb ut-Tahrir members detained in Tatarstan (14 October 2014) (Rus)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Measures against Hizb ut-Tahrir in Tatarstan influenced by the electoral timetable (16 October 2014) (Rus)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s