Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 18-24 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

Argumenty i Fakty: The mothers of Dagestanis recruited into the Islamic State and currently fighting in Syria call for the closure of a Derbent mosque (21 July 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov calls for depriving those who join the Islamic State of their Russian citizenship (22 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkaz Times: Kadyrov’s proposal to deprive Islamic State members of Russian citizenship labelled unconstitutional (22 July 2015) (Rus) Chechen, Ingushetian Emirs Confirm Allegiance to Islamic State (23 July 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Russian security services conduct a major operation in the Kabardino-Balkarian capital, killing six suspected militants (24 July 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Militants killed in Nalchik had constructed an IED similar to ones used by the Islamic State (24 July 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations St Petersburg prosecutors transfer case against two suspected Hizb ut-Tahrir members to court (24 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Dagestani man sentenced to two and a half years for publishing extremist material (24 July 2015) (Rus)


Izvestiya: FSB reports receiving 14 calls this year about Islamic State efforts to recruit Russian citizens (20 July 2015) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: Akhmad Medinsky addresses Caucasus Wilayah from Baiji (20 July 2015) (Eng)

RFE/RL: ‘Jihad isn’t romantic,’ Islamic State militant tells wannabe brides (20 July 2015) (Eng)

RAPSI: Two Chechens detained on Turkish-Syrian border, suspected of Islamic State membership (21 July 2015) (Rus)

Meduza: Investigators refuse to open a case against Moscow student Varvara Karaulova for attempting to join the Islamic State (23 July 2015) (Rus) Between 1 January and 30 June, Turkey has detained 56 Russian citizens attempting to join Islamic State (23 July 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Islamic State’s growing North Caucasus contingent not just ‘Chechens’ (24 July 2015) (Eng)


FPRI: How extreme are the extremists? Pankisi Gorge as a case study (21 July 2015) (Eng)

SOVA Center: Alleged Hizb ut-Tahrir member detained in Samara (21 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkaz Times: Chechen in Austria sentenced to 10 months suspended for Islamic State membership (21 July 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Austrian court sentences Chechen man to five years for links to the Islamic State (22 July 2015) (Rus)


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