Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 10-15 January 2015

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

The Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti argues that the Islamic State poses no threat to Russia, yet (13 January 2015) (Eng)

Kavpolit: Chechnya to be divided into three antiterrorism zones, with an official assigned responsibility for each (14 January 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Urus-Martanovskiy Rayon resident accused of aiding Chechen residents (15 January 2015) (Rus)

Legislation Chechnya proposes legislation that would punish the relatives of terrorists (12 January 2015) (Rus)

Syria Latest Islamic State propaganda video shows the execution of two alleged FSB agents (13 January 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: The FSB refuses to comment on the Islamic State video purportedly showing the execution of two alleged FSB agents, while the Russian embassy in Syria says it does not have any information about the clip (13 January 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Experts discuss the details of the Islamic State’s execution video (15 January 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Biographical details of the two alleged FSB spies killed in Syria (15 January 2015) (Eng)

Turkey Two Dagestanis are suspected of involvement in the 6 January suicide attack in Istanbul (14 January 2015) (Rus) Akhmad Umarov, brother of late Caucasus Emirate leader Dokka Umarov, accused of organising murder of Uzbek preacher in Turkey (14 January 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Turkish court bails two Dagestanis arrested on suspicion of involvement in the 6 January suicide attack in Istanbul (14 January 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: A relative confirms the identity of the suspected Istanbul suicide bomber (15 January 2015) (Rus)


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