Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 1-7 November 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: Relatives of a man killed by Kabardino-Balkarian security services say they are unable to claim the body (31 October 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen security services promise to investigate reports of illegal detentions (2 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen Public Chamber decides to establish special commission to monitor extremist statements on social networks (3 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen law enforcement increase security for the holidays (3 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Ingushetian security services arrest a man for involvement in illegal armed formations, but relatives say the security services abducted him first (3 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: National Terrorism Committee claims a Caucasus Emirate bomb specialist was killed in a Kabardino-Balkaria special operation (5 November 2014) (Rus)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Recent events in Dagestan point to the formation of a street movement ready to oppose the local security services, echoes the start of the Syrian conflict (6 November 2014) (Rus)

Chernovik: Police again arrest attendees of Salafi mosque in Makhachkala (7 November 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Court case against two men accused of attempted assassination of Khasavyurt mayor transferred to court (1 November 2014) (Rus) Charges of plotting to kill President Putin dropped against Adam Osmayev, detained in Ukraine ahead of 2012 Russian presidential elections (1 November 2014) (Rus)


RFE/RL: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims most Chechens fighting in Syria grew up in Western Europe (3 November 2014) (Eng)

RFE/RL: IS Releases Video Address By Ethnic Russian Militant (3 November 2014) (Eng)

RFE/RL: ‘Umar Is Not Even A Real Chechen, Anyway’ — The Politics Of ‘Shishani’ In IS And Syria (5 November 2014) (Eng)

Dagestan Post: North Caucasians have a complex relationship with the Islamic State, with its popularity growing because of disillusionment with the IK but nevertheless limited (5 November 2014) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: Translation of Statement by Khalid al-Shishani Regarding Umar al-Shishani (6 November 2014) (Eng)


Kommersant: Police detain members of a criminal group operating in Moscow Oblast accused of committing murders and suspected of recruiting militants to fight in Syria (7 November 2014) (Rus) Roundup of other reporting and claims about the criminal group operating in Moscow Oblast (7 November 2014) (Rus)


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