Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 20 December 2014 – 2 January 2015

The festive season’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: Chechen security services tear down the homes of three relatives of militants (19 December 2014) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Chechen Head Kadyrov interviewed on strength of insurgency, collective punishment (22 December 2014) (Rus)

The Moscow Times: The Dagestani sector of the Caucasus Emirate swears allegiance to the Islamic State (21 December 2014) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: The number of homes owned by relatives of militants that have been destroyed reaches 15 (23 December 2014) (Rus) Sergey Markedonov reviews the trends in the North Caucasus in 2014 (25 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Chechnya’s parliamentary speaker asks the State Duma to provide for tougher punishments of militants and their relatives (26 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov opposes using illegal methods to tackle insurgents (27 December 2014) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: Which Dagestani Caucasus Emirate Groups Are Switching To IS? (27 December 2014) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Caucasus Emirate Emir Calls Dagestani Pledges To IS “Act Of Treachery” (28 December 2014) (Eng)

Dagestan Post: 167 alleged members of illegal armed formations killed, 200 arrested in Dagestan in 2014 (28 December 2014) (Rus) Kadyrov reports on the deaths of two militants suspected of involvement in the 4 December 2014 Groznyy attacks (1 January 2015) (Rus)

TASS: Chechnya embarking of new tactics of search for militant groupings (2 January 2015) (Eng)

Court Cases/Investigations

SOVA Center: Court sentences man to five years for membership of Tatarstani extremist group (29 December 2014) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Two men accused of aiding the group Jamaat convicted in Tatarstan (30 December 2014) (Rus)

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: Kabardino-Balkarian resident convicted of financing local insurgency (30 December 2014) (Rus)


Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against Chechen resident accused of fighting in Syria transferred to court (24 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kabardino-Balkarian resident killed fighting in Syria (24 December 2014) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Russia’s Supreme Court designates the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusrah as terrorist organisations (29 December 2014) (Rus)

RAPSI: Case opened in Krasnodar Kray over suspected financing of the Abu Khanif Jamaat in Syria (29 December 2014) (Rus)


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