Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 23-29 May 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: Dagestani preacher Nadir Medetov swears allegiance to Islamic State leader Al-Baghdadi (25 May 2015) (Rus)

Kavkavskiy Uzel: Experts do not anticipate Medetov to return to the North Caucasus, but instead expect any supporters to follow him to Syria (27 May 2015) (Rus)

Kavkavskiy Uzel: Geydar Dzhemal speculates that Mukhammad Abu Usman Gimrinskiy is the new leader of the Caucasus Emirate (28 May 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Aleksey Malashenko views the North Caucasus insurgency as going through a transition period and sees Caucasians and the “Arabs” of the Islamic State misunderstanding one another (28 May 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani security services search the flat of the deputy imam of a Makhachkala mosque (28 May 2015) (Rus)

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: More than 550 leaders and members of organised criminal groups sentenced in North Caucasus last 15 months (29 May 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

RIA Dagestan: Makhachkala resident to stand trial for posting extremist material online (26 May 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against Makhachkala resident accused of aiding rebels in the city transferred to court (26 May 2015) (Rus)

RIA Dagestan: Four Dagestani men sentenced for membership of illegal armed formations, killing and robbing a local businessman (28 May 2015) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: Dissension in the ranks of Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar (25 May 2015) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Salakhuddin al-Shishani admits in interview to fighting with Ruslan Gelayev (27 May 2015) (Eng)

TASS: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennadiy Gatilov claims 500 Russians are fighting under the banner of the Islamic State (28 May 2015) (Rus)


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