Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 21-27 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: Groznyy residents report detentions during presidential envoy Sergey Melikov’s visit to Groznyy (21 February 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Groznyy residents report that several young people have left the Chechen capital to join the insurgency (23 February 2015) (Rus)

Central Asia Program: A comparative analysis of the Caucasus Emirate Islamic ideology within the global-Salafi jihad (24 February 2015) (Eng)

Interfax: Kabardino-Balkarian man sentenced to 13 years for insurgent activity and attacks on police (25 February 2015) (Rus)

Kavkaz Online: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov wants more effective measures against extremism and terrorism (25 February 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Head of the presidential administration Sergey Ivanov views crime as a major threat to stability in the North Caucasus (26 February 2015) (Rus)

Interfax: Special operation in Dagestan’s Kizilyurtovskiy Rayon leaves nine suspected insurgents dead (26 February 2015) (Rus)


Kavkazskiy Uzel: Sentence against Chechen resident who fought in Syria reduced (21 February 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Russian citizen linked to Lopota Gorge incident now heads IS battalion in Syria (25 February 2015) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Who are the Russian nationals fighting in Syria and Iraq? (25 February 2015) (Eng)

Argumenty i Fakty: An investigative report looks at Caucasians fighting for the Islamic State (24 February 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kabardino-Balkarian resident sentenced for fighting in Syria (25 February 2015) (Rus)

The Moscow Times: Moscow man detained over pro-Islamic State website (25 February 2015) (Eng)


Kommersant: Twitter to hold talks with Roskomnadzor over its compliance with Russian legislation (24 February 2015) (Rus)

Perspectives on Terrorism: Bibliography on terrorism in, or originating from, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Russia — Part One (9:1, 2015) (Eng)

The Moscow Times: Extremism cases on the rise in Russia (26 February 2015) (Eng)

Dagestan Post: The FSB publishes a list of the 22 organisations banned in Russia as terrorist (27 February 2015) (Rus)


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