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
RFE/RL: Six North Caucasus Insurgency Commanders Transfer Allegiance To Islamic State (2 January 2015) (Eng)
Interfax: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov discusses the threat posed by the Islamic State and the local insurgency (4 January 2015) (Rus)
Kavpolit: Possible motives of suicide attacker in Istanbul, identified as Chechen or Dagestani, examined (9 January 2015) (Rus)
Kavpolit: The Chechen Interior Ministry claims there is noone with the name of the suspected Istanbul suicide bomber in its foreign passport database (9 January 2015) (Rus)
RFE/RL: Veteran Chechen IS militant reported killed in Kobani (2 January 2014) (Eng)