Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 13-19 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

Silk Road Reporters: Evaluating the Groznyy Attack (14 December 2014) (Eng) 50,000 people protest against terrorism and human rights activists in Groznyy (13 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Committee Against Torture vows to continue working in Chechnya despite pressure from the police (14 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: A man earlier reported missing in Dagestan is killed in a special operation, accused of membership of the Izberbash group (14 December 2014) (Rus)

RFE/RL: North Caucasus insurgency threatens new attack on Groznyy (14 December 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: The Federal Security Service (FSB) report the death of a senior Dagestani rebel, Central Sector Emir Murad Zalitinov (Abu Takhir) in a 12 December special operation in Karabudakhkentskiy Rayon (15 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kabardino-Balkarian resident sentenced to 3.5 years for aiding and financing insurgents (18 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: During his annual press conference, President Putin claims most militants’ parents know about their children’s crimes, but that this does not excuse extrajudicial punishment (18 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Kadyrov plans to sue Kseniya Sobchak for remarks made about the illegality of collective punishment during Putin’s  press conference (18 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Security services claim to kill Kabardino-Balkaria’s Northeastern Sector emir (18 December 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya: The State Duma’s deputy speaker claims Chechnya’s counterterrorism policy is conducted within the parameters of the law (19 December 2014) (Rus)

Meduza: Committee Against Torture head Igor Kalyapin gives an interview on the human rights situation in Chechnya, pressure on his organization, and Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov’s attitude towards human rights (15 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkaz Times: 28 cases of insurgency financing uncovered in Dagestan in 2014 (16 December 2014) (Rus)

TASS:  National Antiterrorism Committee (NAK) official claims the Russian security services have destroyed the insurgency’s ability to carry out major attacks on cities (16 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kadyrov announces that the relatives of militants will no longer receive benefits (16 December 2014) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations Bashkortostan’s Supreme Court sentences an alleged Caucasus Emirate cell to between 10 and 13 years (13 December 2014) (Rus)

Kommersant: Case against two suspected members of Islamic Party of Turkestan, accused of planning terrorist attacks in Moscow, sent to court (18 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Investigative Committee opens investigation into Kadyrov’s accusations against Committee Against Torture head Kalyapin (19 December 2014) (Rus)

Life News: Russia’s Investigative Committee claims that one of the suspected organisers of Nord Ost was arrested trying to cross from Ukraine into Crimea (17 December 2014) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: Islamic State’s Abu Jihad slams Caucasus Emirate, gives details of Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar’s truce initiative (14 December 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dzhundalla al-Shishani, an alleged senior associate of ISIL commander Umar al-Shishani killed in Syria, came from Pankisi Gorge (16 December 2014) (Rus)

TASS: NAK official claims that 850 Russians are fighting in hot spots around the world (16 December 2014) (Rus)


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