Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 29 November-5 December 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: Official detained in Chechnya on suspicion of aiding insurgents (29 November 2014) (Rus)

YouTube: Account posts series of anti-jihadist anti-recruitment videos (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Police check documents at salafi mosque in Dagestan’s Makhachkala (3 December 2014) (Rus)

Regnum: Dagestan steps up efforts to counter online extremism (3 December 2014) (Rus)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Conference discusses ISIL’s impact on the North Caucasus, claims that one tenth of ISIL’s members are North Caucasians (3 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel:  Selected experts discuss links between the 3-4 December attacks in Groznyy and ISIL (4 December 2014) (Rus) Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims the authorities knew in advance about the Groznyy attack, having intercepted a message by Dokka Umarov’s brother (4 December 2014) (Rus)

RBK Daily: Attacks in Chechnya, more so than elsewhere in the region, represent a challenge to the federal authorities (5 December 2014) (Rus)

The Moscow Times: Gun Battles in Chechen Capital Leave 19 Dead (4 December 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Timeline of militant-security service clashes in the Chechen capital (4 November 2014) (Rus) Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims militants involved in Groznyy attack may have come from elsewhere because Chechen militants lack the capacity (4 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: 24 IEDs found in Groznyy school where militants were trapped (4 December 2014) (Rus)

TASS: Experts comment on the possible motives of the Groznyy attackers (5 December 2014) (Eng) Kadyrov claims that Akhmat Umarov, brother of late Caucasus Emirate leader Dokka Umarov financed and organised the Groznyy attacks, calls on Turkey to extradite him (5 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: One of the alleged perpetrators of the Groznyy attack was reported killed in 2011 (5 December 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kommersant: Prosecution demands that two suspects in 2013 Volgograd bombings receive 20 year sentences, two accomplice 3.5 years each (1 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against man suspected of aiding militants in Dagestan sent to court (5 December 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Russian Court Convicts Four In 2013 Volgograd Bombings (5 December 2014) (Eng)

Kommersant: Investigations Committee Spokesman Vladimir Markin says that all the details of the 2013 Volgograd bombings have been established (5 December 2014) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: New Russian-language Islamic State video promotes its governance of Mosul (29 November 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Kavkazpress names Umar al-Shishani’s deputy Abu Jihad (2 December 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya To Syria: Muslim Shishani “In Sharia Court Dispute Over ‘Fitna’ Among Chechen Jihadis” (3 December 2014) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Georgian accused of fighting in Syria to stand trial in Chechnya (5 December 2014) (Eng)


Kommersant: Government approves legislation on monitoring those convicted of extremism and terrorism offences upon release from prison (1 December 2014) (Rus)


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