Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 15-21 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: Security services and members of official muftiate search shops in Groznyy selling Islamic goods for banned literature (15 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Protestors call on President Putin and Dagestani leader Ramazan Abdulatipov to investigate the death of a man in police custody (15 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Residents of the troubled Dagestani village of Vremennyy ask to be relocated (17 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts attribute stability in Karachayevo-Cherkessia to the absence of persecution of believers on the part of the security services (20 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: The National Antiterrorism Committee claims that a suspected rebel leader killed in Derbent was responsible for IED attacks on police cars (21 November 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kommersant: Second court official implicated in case against GTA group (15 November 2014) (Rus) Five members of GTA group arrested thus far, arrest warrants issued for another four (16 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkaskiy Uzel: Russian Supreme Court reduces sentences of five Karachayevo-Cherkessian men accused of terrorism (18 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kabardino-Balkarian court obliges Internet Service Providers to restrict access to extremist material (18 November 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Rostov-on-the-Don resident accused of organising extremist study group (18 November 2014) (Rus)

RAPSI: Ukrainian court frees Adam Osmayev, accused of plotting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin (18 November 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya: A source in the investigation claims that the GTA group were an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan cell training in Moscow and planning to return to Central Asia (21 November 2014) (Rus)


Vestnik Kavkaza: Akhmet Yarlykapov sees the Caucasus Emirate as running out of people and estimates a North Caucasian contingent in ISIL of at least 2000, or 7-10% of the movement’s total (20 November 2014) (Eng)


Izvestiya: Security Council and President Putin discuss Russia’s 2025 strategy for combatting extremism (20 November 2014) (Rus)


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