Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 5-12 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 Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov threatens to expel families of militants (5 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkaz Online: Kadyrov claims only 24-25 militants remain in Chechnya (5 December 2014) (Rus)

Life News: Kadyrov opens a criminal case against Ukrainian deputies for statements in support of the Groznyy attackers (5 December 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya: YouTube blocks access to Groznyy attackers’ address for Russian users (6 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Residents claim authorities have understated the number of civilian casualties in the Groznyy attack (6 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Ingushetian authorities discuss ways of preventing terrorist attacks in the republic (6 December 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Attack on Groznyy could have been intended as a trial run (6 December 2014) (Eng)

Kavpolit: Orkhan Dzhemal considers conflicts within the Caucasus Emirate in the wake of the Groznyy attack and part of the Aukhovskiy Jamaat swearing allegiance to ISIL (8 December 2014) (Rus) The houses of militants’ relatives in Chechnya are targeted in arson attacks, security service involvement suspected (9 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Memorial confirms arson attacks on militants’ relatives’ houses in Chechnya (9 December 2014) (Rus)

Amnesty International calls on Russian authorities to investigate arson attacks on the homes of the relatives of suspected militants in Chechnya (9 December 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: A house belonging to the relatives of Chechen rebel leader Aslan Byutukayev is among those targeted in Chechen arson attacks (10 December 2014) (Rus) State Duma to consider legalising punitive measures against the families of militants (10 December 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: None of the militants’ relatives targeted in recent arson attacks in Chechnya appealed to the police (11 December 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: A suspected leader of the Makhachkala group is killed by police in Dagestan (11 December 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Kadyrov implicates human rights defender in Grozny attack (11 December 2014) (Eng)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kommersant: Details of the verdicts against four men accused of involvement in the 2013 Volgograd attacks (6 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: A Groznyy court sentences a man to two years suspended for aiding the insurgency (9 December 2014) (Rus)


RFE/RL: Germany reportedly concerned by radicalisation of its Chechen diaspora (8 December 2014) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Analyst calls on Georgian authorities to avoid exaggerating the threat posed by extremism in and  fighters in Syria from the Pankisi Gorge (9 December 2014) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Russian FSB Director Bortnikov declares the Islamic State a “terrorist international” (10 December 2014) (Eng)


Izvestiya: FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov reports 59 terrorism crimes, including 8 terrorist attacks, prevented in Russia in 2014 (9 December 2014) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Bortnikov reports over 300 antiterrorism exercises conducted in 2014 (9 December 2014) (Rus)


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