Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 26 June-3 July 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

Life News: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims militants killed in Groznyy were planning attacks but were under surveillance (26 June 2015) (Rus)

Head and Government of the Chechen Republic: Kadyrov vows that there is no way back for Chechens who join the Islamic State (26 June 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Insurgent pledges of allegiance to the Islamic State have not yet changed the situation on the ground (26 June 2015) (Rus)

Combating Terrorism Center: The Islamic State raises its black flag over the Caucasus (29 June 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel:  Chechen police detain two Groznyy residents on suspicion of links to the insurgency (29 June 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Sentence reduced against man who praised the 2013 Volgograd attacks (30 June 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Prosecutors ask for another life sentence in new case against convicted Ingushetian rebel leader Magas (30 June 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: European Court of Human Rights agrees to hear cases relating to 2004 Beslan attack (3 July 2015) (Rus)


Islam News: Kadyrov describes the Islamic State as a Western project to stop the spread of Islam (27 June 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Kyrgyzstan resident arrested at Domodedovo airport on suspicion of planning to join the Islamic State (29 June 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Russia plans to develop a joint plan with the Arab League to combat the threat posed by ISIL (30 June 2015) (Rus)

Russian Foreign Ministry: Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Syromolotov estimates 2,200 Russians have travelled to join the Syrian conflict (30 June 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister accuses the West of helping create the Islamic State (30 June 2015) (Rus)

Meduza: Lengthy report looks at efforts to recruit Russian citizens into the Islamic State (30 June 2015) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: Why Dagestani Preacher Nadir Abu Khalid’s Joining IS Was A Coup For Abu Jihad (28 June 2015) (Rus)


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