Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 13-20 March 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: Mass detentions of parishioners outside a mosque in the Dagestani village of Semender (17 March 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Three Stavropol Kray residents detained for illegal arms trading (19 March 2015) (Rus)

TED Talks: Vincent Cochetel on being held hostage as a UN worker in Chechnya (December 2014) (Eng)

Terrorism and Political Violence: Jean-François Ratelle & Emil Aslan Souleimanov on explaining insurgent violence in Dagestan (17 March 2015) (Eng) (Paywalled)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Five Chechens sentenced to between eight and fifteen years for participating in an attack on Russian military personnel as part of a group led by Emir Khattab (17 March 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen resident accused of supplying militants with food (19 March 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani court sentences 16-year-old to two years suspended sentence for posting extremist material online (20 March 2015) (Rus)


RFE/RL: North Caucasus group hardens line against Islamic State rival (13 March 2015) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Russia unveils new post to wage “war on Islamic State” (13 March 2015) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: JMA Emir Salakhuddin al-Shishani: “We Wanted To Go To Chechnya But Found Ourselves In Syria” (19 March 2015) (Eng)

The Moscow Times: Four Russians deported from Turkey for alleged attempt to join Islamic State in Syria (20 March 2015) (Eng)
General/Other FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov expresses concerns about people studying Islam abroad, recruitment to foreign terrorist groups (15 March 2015) (Rus)


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