Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 7-13 February 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

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Ingushetian resident to face trial, accused of membership of an illegal armed formation (9 February 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Chechen prosecutor calls for 17 Instagram pages to be closed for citing extremist material (9 February 2015) (Rus)

SOVA Center: Roskomnadzor accuses Twitter of violating Russian legislation, including in combatting online extremism (10 February 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Stavropol court begins hearing case against Sirazhudin Guchuchaliyev, accused of heading Dagestan’s Shamilkalinskiy Sector (9 February 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Why is the death toll tumbling in the North Caucasus? (10 February 2015) (Eng)

ABC News: Cable: For years FBI was little help going after ‘Russia’s Bin Laden’ (13 February 2015) (Eng)


Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani investigators open case against resident suspected of fighting with the Islamic State (10 February 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Dagestani detained for fighting with the Islamic State originally studied in Egypt, returned via Ukraine (11 February 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Three Chechen youths detained for scrawling pro-Islamic State graffiti on a wall in Chechen Kadyrov’s home town of Tsentoroy (12 February 2015) (Rus)

The Moscow Times: Militant killed in North Caucasus ‘was recruiting for Islamic State’ (12 February 2015) (Eng)


RIA Dagestan: Dagestani man sentenced for membership of banned group Hizb ut-Tahrir (12 February 2015) (Rus)


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