Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 11-17 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’s Chief Editor sees the shift away from supporting terrorist attacks as a reason behind defections from Caucasus Emirate to ISIL (11 April 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen security services reportedly checking young men with beards (13 April 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Man accused of supplying weapons to Kabardino-Balkarian insurgency killed in Nalchik special operation (14 April 2015) (Rus)

TASS: Russia’s National Antiterrorism Committee reports the killing of the Kabardino-Balkarian emir (16 April 2015) (Rus)

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: The National Antiterrorism Committee change their mind and claim they killed the head of Kabardino-Balkaria’s Central sector, not overall emir (16 April 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

RIA Dagestan: Dagestani resident detained in Makhachkala, accused of attacking police as part of the Makhachkalinskaya group (13 April 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Three Dagestani men sentenced for alleged membership of and abetting the Tsuntinskaya group (14 April 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Two teenagers under investigation in Chechnya on suspicion of planning to travel to Syria (15 April 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Supreme Court confirms sentences against two men accused of plotting to detonate IED in a Moscow store (16 April 2015) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar send message to fighters in Chechnya, announce plans to return home (13 April 2015) (Eng)

TASS: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev claims the coalition against the Islamic State is ineffective, criticises United States (14 April 2015) (Rus) Federal Security Service opens criminal case against woman suspected of leaving St Petersburg to join ISIL (15 April 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: President Putin claimed that the Islamic State does not pose a direct threat to Russia (16 April 2015) (Rus)


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