Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 28 May-5 June 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

Kavpolit: Yekaterina Sokiryanskaya looks at the reasons behind the detention of Salafis in Dagestan (29 May 2015) (Rus)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Article examines why North Caucasus women travel to participate in jihadist conflicts elsewhere (2 June 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel:  Ingushetian security services surround the mosque used by influential Ingushetian preacher Khamzat Chumakov (5 June 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Orkhan Dzhemal looks at the background of rumoured new Caucasus Emirate leader Magomed Suleymanov (5 June 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen resident sentenced to five years for fighting in Syria (28 May 2015) (Rus)


RFE/RL: Dagestani Islamic State media activist attracts attention of German authorities (29 May 2015) (Eng) 

RFE/RL: Islamic State militants’ Russian magazine: new, slick, and terribly dull (31 May 2015) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar ask jihadi theorist Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi whether they are still bound by bayat to the Caucasus Emirate now that Kebekov is dead (1 June 2015) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Love in the time of jihad: letters and poems from militants in Syria (2 June 2015) (Eng)

Kommersant: Moscow student suspected of joining the Islamic State (3 June 2015) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: Abdul-Hakim Shishani calls on North Caucasians to unite (3 June 2015) (Eng)

LifeNews: Russian Foreign Ministry works directly with Turkey to detain student suspected of trying to join Islamic State over fears Interpol would take too long (5 June 2015) (Rus)

Zvezda: Moscow student reportedly detained on Turkey-Syria border (5 June 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Dagestani studying in Astrakhan faces 5-10 years in jail for allegedly fundraising for the Islamic State (5 June 2015) (Rus)


Kommersant:  Russia’s Council of Muftis adopts social doctrine establishing Russian Muslims relations to the state (28 May 2015) (Rus)


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