Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 3-17 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

RIA Dagestan: Two alleged militants killed in a special operation between the Dagestani villages of Nechayevka and Matseyevka IDed as  Kizilyurtovskaya group members (6 July 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Several shops near Khasavyurt attacked for selling alcohol during Ramadan (8 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkaz Times: Ingushetia’s Sunzhenskiy Rayon police chief’s house attacked by grenade launchers (8 July 2015) (Rus)

RIA Dagestan: Dagestani government discusses how to combat terrorist ideology (8 July 2015) (Rus)

Interfax: North Caucasus envoy Sergey Melikov claims that the security services have done their job in the region and disrupted major insurgency plans, focus is now on support base (9 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts view the mass return of fighters from Syria as unlikely (10 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: The Economist is criticised for resorting to stereotypes in its reporting on the Caucasus (10 July 2015) (Rus)

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: Three militants killed in Kabardino-Balkaria involved in attacks on law enforcement personnel (14 July 2015) (Rus)

TASS: Chechen Head Kadyrov vows that there won’t be even a whiff, much less a base, of the Islamic State in Chechnya (15 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Round table discusses systematic nature of human rights violations in the North Caucasus (16 July 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Interfax: Chechen resident sentenced to 10 years for fighting with Khattab, killing 15 Russian servicemen in 1999 (3 July 2015) (Rus)

SOVA Center: Tatarstan resident sentenced for propagating Hizb ut-Tahrir’s ideology online (3 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Mothers of Beslan calls for a new investigation into the 2004 attack on a Beslan school (4 July 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Lawyers for Chechen man detained on suspicion of trying to enter the Islamic State alongside Varvara Karaulova claim he was going to study in Egypt (7 July 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Ingushetian rebel leader Magas receives second life sentence (9 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Case against Dagestani man accused of membership of the Gimrinskaya group transferred to court (9 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Six people sentenced to between 17 years and life imprisonment for a car bomb attack in Pyatigorsk in 2013 (14 July 2015) (Rus)

RIA Dagestan: Member of the Tsuntinskaya group sentenced to six years (14 July 2015) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: Abu Dzhikhad appears in Islamic State Karachay recruitment video (3 July 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Russia plans to open hotline for parents concerned their children may be being recruited by the Islamic State (6 July 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Chechen resident, detained on Turkish border alongside student Varvara Karaulova, accused of trying to join the Islamic State (6 July 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: The Islamic State boosts its Russian-language propaganda efforts (6 July 2015) (Rus)

Head and Government of the Chechen Republic: The Islamic State was created by the West in order to associate Islam with cruelty and lawlessness (7 July 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the Islamic State poses a threat to everyone and there should be no double standards in combatting it (9 July 2015) (Rus)

The Moscow Times: Lavrov says 2,000 Russians have Joined the Islamic State (9 July 2015) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Updated information on the Islamic State’s Furat Media (9 July 2015) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Ousted Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar leader Salakhuddin al-Shishani swears bayat to the Caucasus Emirate’s new leader (9 July 2015) (Eng)

Meduza: Another Chechen suspected of attempting to join the Islamic State alongside Varvara Karaulova (10 July 2015) (Rus)

The Guardian: The Islamic State launches a Russian-language propaganda channel (13 July 2015) (Eng) Lavrov claims that agreement on Iran removes an obstacle to a broad coalition against the Islamic State (14 July 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Case opened over suspected Islamic State recruitment in Khabarovsk Kray (15 July 2015) (Rus)

The Moscow Times: A Muslim organization claims the Islamic State is actively recruiting fighters in Russia’s Far East (15 July 2015) (Eng) Moscow schools and colleges to give lessons on the dangers of Islamic State recruitment (16 July 2015) (Rus)


RIA Novosti: Number of extremism-related crimes increases in the first half of 2015 due to online extremism (9 July 2015) (Rus)


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