Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 4-10 April 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: Security services conducting searches in several Dagestani villages (4 April 2015) (Rus)

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: Four people detained for suspected links to the insurgency in Kabardino-Balkaria (6 April 2015) (Rus)

The Interpreter: Paul Goble argues that Tajikistan and Dagestan may increase he threat posed by Islamist throught the methods they use to fight it (6 April 2015) (Eng)

RIA Novosti: Federal Security Service (FSB) First Deputy Director Sergey Smirnov argues that ISIL is a threat to Russia due to its penetration of organisations like the Caucasus Emirate (10 April 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Yakub Khashagulgov, accused of membership of the Ingushetian insurgency, cleared by a military jury (7 April 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Yakub Khashagulgov immediately rearrested following his acquittal (9 April 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Nalchik resident accused of aiding insurgents (7 April 2015) (Rus)

Interfax: Makhachkala resident to stand trial for posting religious extremist materials (8 April 2015) (Eng)

Kommersant: Dagestan’s Supreme Court starts hearing case against four people accused of murder of influential Dagestani sheikh (9 April 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Four Bashkortostan residents sentenced for recruiting people into Hizb ut-Tahrir (9 April 2015) (Rus)

RIA Dagestan: Makhachkala resident detained on suspicion of abetting the Makhachkalinskaya group (9 April 2015) (Rus) New case against Ingushetian rebel leader Al Taziyev (Magas) sent to court (10 April 2015) (Rus)«magasa»-osuzhdennogo-pozhiznenno-ushlo-sud


From Chechnya to Syria: Abdul-Hakim Shishani, emir of Ajnad al-Kavkaz, linked to Khattab (4 April 2015) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Georgia’s Kists demand action to stop Pankisi youth joining the Islamic State (7 April 2015) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Russia’s FSB accuses Azerbaijani apple seller of financing Syrian militants (8 April 2015) (Eng) Turkey detains seven Russians for attempting to cross into Syria to join the Islamic State (8 April 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Despite crackdown, Islamic State says Turkey-Syria border still open (8 April 2015) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Kabardino-Balkaria Police Foil Recruitment Of Female Militants To Syria (10 April 2015) (Eng)


Foreign Affairs: Nicholas Waller argues that Chechens are fighting a proxy war in Ukraine (1 April 2015) (Eng)


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