Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 12-19 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: Chechen Emir Aslan Byutukayev swears allegiance to the Islamic State (13 June 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Ingushetian woman complains about activities of security services during the detention of her husband (14 June 2015) Some thoughts on the future of the North Caucasus insurgency (15 June 2015) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts offer their opinions on Byutukayev’s pledge of allegiance and the Islamic State’s influence in the North Caucasus (15 June 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Chechnya’s deputy interior minister claims more than 400 people have left Chechnya to fight in the Syrian conflict since it began (16 June 2015) (Rus)

BBC Russian: A detailed look at the Islamic State’s appeal to North Caucasians (15 June 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

RAPSI: Sixteen suspected Tablighi Jamaat members to stand trial in Siberia (15 June 2015) (Rus)

SOVA Center: Eight Hizb ut-Tahrir members sentenced on terrorism charges in Ufa (15 Junes 2015) (Rus)

Vestnik Kavkaza: Dagestani resident given suspended sentence for posting extremist material online (16 June 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Dagestani court convicts Khasavyurtovskiy Rayon for fighting for Jabhat al-Nusrah (17 June 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Two residents of Karachayevo-Cherkessia sentenced to three and seven years for fighting in Syria (19 June 2015) (Rus)


Kavkazskiy Uzel: Georgian security services conduct operation against group of militants supposedly trying to cross into Russia, having arrived from Syria via Turkey (14 June 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Georgian security services detain a relative of Umar al-Shishani, a senior Islamic State leader (15 June 2015) (Rus)

Ekho Moskvy: Russia’s and Georgia’s interests merge in the fight against the Islamic State (17 June 2015) (Rus)


Interfax: A Russian citizen is detained in Moscow on suspicion of having fought for the Islamic State (12 June 2015) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: With the Caucasus Emirate weakened, Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar splits (12 June 2015) (Eng)

Dagestan Post: Dagestani man claims he was lured to the Islamic State by a promise of a better life (14 June 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Police search for another Moscow student suspected of joining the Islamic State (16 June 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Moscow student suspected of travelling to Turkey en route to joining the Islamic State placed on international wanted list (18 June 2015) (Rus)

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Federal Security Service Director Aleksandr Bortnikov says 200 Volga residents fighting in Syria (16 June 2015) (Rus)

Islam News: Russia and Turkey discuss strategies for combatting the Islamic State (17 June 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: CIS Antiterrorism official reports between 2,000 and 5,000 Russians fighting for the Islamic State (17 June 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Bortnikov says the Islamic State is trying to destabilise the situation in the CIS (17 June 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Moscow shop assistant the latest person to be suspected of travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State (19 June 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Communist Party State Duma deputies want improved efforts to combat extremism in higher education establishments (19 June 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Russian imams to receive training on countering Islamic State ideology (17 June 2015) (Rus)


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