Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 21-27 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: North Caucasus envoy Sergey Melikov claims that the Islamic State is trying to recruit North Caucasian students (21 March 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Groznyy residents report that Chechen security services are checking young peoples’ phones (24 March 2015) (Rus) Father of a militant hiding abroad asks Ingushetian authorities to amnesty his son; Ingushetian President Yevkurov orders law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter (24 March 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Five people detained after an explosion near a Chechen dam have gone missing (24 March 2015) (Rus)

RIA Dagestan: Dagestan’s Interior Minister reports 161 rebels killed in 2014 (26 March 2015) (Rus)

US State Department: Terrorist Designation of Aliaskhab Kebekov (25 March 2015) (Eng)

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the UN’s decision to impose sanctions against Caucasus Emirate leader Aliaskhab Kebekov (26 March 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Students at North Caucasian universities deny the presence of Islamic State recruiters (26 March 2015) (Rus) Ingushetian Interior Minister says some police aid insurgents (26 March 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

RIA Dagestan: Khasavyurt resident sentenced to two and a half years for aiding insurgents (25 March 2015) (Rus)

SOVA Center: Court in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug fines Hizb ut-Tahrir member for burning US flag in protest at film that denigrated the Prophet Muhammad (25 March 2015) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: Salakhuddin al-Shishani and the phenomenon of “displaced conflict” – integration and co-existing loyalties (22 March 2015) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Interior Ministry Names Nine Chechens Allegedly Fighting In Syria (25 March 2015) (Eng)

Kommersant: Pro-ISIL hackers have targeted nearly 600 Russian websites since autumn 2014 (25 March 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Dagestani offers how-to guide for joining Islamic State in Syria (26 March 2015) (Eng)

TASS: North Caucasus envoy Melikov says some 1,500 people of North Caucasian descent fight in Syria, Iraq (26 March 2015) (Eng)

Kommersant: Russian deported from Turkey after trying to join up with Islamic State (26 March 2015) (Rus)

General/Other  Russia freezes 3,500 bank accounts, opens 62 criminal cases over financing terrorism and extremism (23 March 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Roskomnadzor asks Twitter to close accounts with alleged extremist content and reveal users’ personal data (25 March 2015) (Rus)

SOVA Center: State Duma rejects proposal to introduce death penalty and collective punishment for terrorism offenses (26 March 2015) (Rus)


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