Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 6-12 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

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechnya tightens the rules for issuing international passports to young people (8 June 2011) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

TASS: Russian investigators charge two Chechens over 1995 hospital siege (10 June 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against Makhachkala resident, accused of providing R5,000 to insurgents in Dagestan’s Gunibskiy Rayon, transferred to court (10 June 2015) (Rus)

RIA Dagestan: Case against Makhachkala resident, accused of aiding and financing insurgents in the Makhachkalinskaya group, transferred to court (10 June 2015) (Rus)


Life News: Several Russian citizens detained on Turkish-Syrian border alongside wanted student Varvara Karaulova (9 June 2015) (Rus)

Moskovskiy Komsomolets: A Chechen resident who allegedly quit the conflict in Syria interviewed (8 June 2015) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: What does Salakhuddin al-Shishani’s ouster from Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar mean for the Caucasus Emirate in Syria (10 June 2015) (Eng)

General/Other Belgian security forces arrest 16 in crackdown on Chechen groups (8 June 2015) (Eng) (Paywalled) Fourteen of 16 Chechens arrested in Belgium released (9 June 2015) (Rus) Russia’s Foreign Ministry denies media reports of Islamic State recruiters being detained in Moscow (8 June 2015) (Rus)

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Security services in St Petersburg detain a suspected Hizb ut-Tahrir member (9 June 2015) (Rus)


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