Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 18-24 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

Interfax: The National Antiterrorism Committee reports that Caucasus Emirate leader Aliaskhab Kebekov and two sector emirs have been killed in a special operation in Buynaksk (20 April 2015) (Rus)

Moskovskiy Komsomolets: A Russian security service source claims that militants, possibly those who had switched allegiance to the Islamic State, gave up Kebekov’s location (20 April 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kebekov’s death will strengthen the Islamic State’s influence on the North Caucasus (20 April 2015) (Rus)

Regnum: Dagestani journalist Magomed Magomedov argues that Kebekov was already a declining force and his death will not lead to stabilisation in Dagestan (21 April 2015) (Rus)

Ekho Kavkaza: Expert Ruslan Gireyev expects a delay in replacing Kebekov, while Akhmet Yarlykapov notes strong opposition to ISIL among the region’s Salafis (21 April 2015) (Rus) Scandal develops after Stavropol police kill a wanted criminal in Groznyy and Chechen Head Kadyrov threatens a violent response to future incursions (23 April 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kommersant: Dagestan’s Supreme Court sentences four men accused of involvement in the suicide attack that killed influential sheikh Said-afandi Chirkeyskiy (22 April 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Ingushetian woman sentenced to three years for aiding insurgency (23 April 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani man sentenced to a year in prison for aiding militants in Shamilskiy Rayon (23 April 2015) (Rus)

Rosbalt: Man receives 17 year sentence for planning a terrorist attack in Moscow on behalf of the Islamic Party of Turkestan (24 April 2015) (Rus)

Syria Umar Shishani’s right-hand man calls on North Caucasian jihadis to join the Islamic State in Dagestan and Chechnya (21 April 2015) (Eng)

The Moscow Times: Chechen woman arrested en route to Syria (22 April 2015) (Eng)

Life News: Police in Arkhangelsk detain a Tajik citizen on suspicion of recruiting for the Islamic State (22 April 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declares the Islamic State to be Russia’s main enemy at the current time (22 April 2015) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria:  Jund al-Sham commander Muslim al-Shishani and his military emir reappear in Syria (23 April 2015) (Eng)


Kommersant: Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev warns of growing extremism in the Central Federal Okrug and the need for tighter border control (22 April 2015) (Rus)


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