Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 20-26 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: Experts debate the implications of North Caucasus rebels pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (23 June 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Car of Chechen imam targeted in IED attack (23 June 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: 13 Chechen residents detained on suspicion of ties to the insurgency (24 June 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Two members of the Gimrinskiy group killed in Dagestan (24 June 2015) (Rus)

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russia’s Security Council official expresses fears that Islamic State fighters could use tourist visas to return home (24 June 2015) (Rus)

RBK: Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov claims Islam needs to develop an antidote to extremism (24 June 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Chechnya’s Interior Minister claims that North Caucasus rebels have switched to the Islamic State for financial reasons (25 June 2015) (Rus)

Kavkaz Times: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims that the Islamic State will not find support in Chechnya (26 June 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Alleged militant killed in Ingushetia fought in Ukraine (25 June 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: Nalchik native sentenced to two years for aiding Kabardino-Balkarian rebels (25 June 2015) (Rus) Suspected Islamic State recruiter to face trial in Chelyabinsk (25 June 2015) (Rus)


Kommersant: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev interviewed on main security threats facing Russia (22 June 2015) (Rus)

Interfax: 20 Dagestanis declared wanted for travelling to fight in Syria since the start of the year (20 June 2015) (Rus) Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov denies people are leaving Chechnya to join the Islamic State (22 June 2015) (Rus)

Bloknot Voronezh: International arrest warrant issued for Voronezh woman suspected of joining Islamic State (22 June 2015) (Rus) Ukraine’s security service reports the detention of two Russians suspected of planning to travel to Syria (25 June 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov has instructed the republic’s religious and other authorities to examine why youth are attracted to the Islamic State (26 June 2015) (Rus)


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