Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 24-31 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: Dagestani officials discuss problems of terrorism and extremism during visit by Chinese delegation (26 July 2015) (Rus)

Meduza: Kadyrov ally Sagid Murtazaliyev and his protege accused of financing insurgency (28 July 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov reports failed assassination attempts against himself (30 July 2015) (Rus)

Life News: FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov reports productive cooperation with Georgia, the United States and the EU to prevent attacks during the 2014 Sochi Olympics (30 July 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Kadyrov interviewed on, inter alia, how he is the Islamic State’s primary enemy and how it poses no threat to Russia (31 July 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

RAPSI: Two of three men accused of 2004 murder of Karachayevo-Cherkessia’s deputy prime minister exonerated (24 July 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Three men receive lengthy prison sentences for a 2013 attack on the Dagestani village of Kuchni (24 July 2015) (Rus)

SOVA Center: Chelyabinsk man sentenced to five years for financing and recruiting another man into Hizb ut-Tahrir (27 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Buynaksk resident sentenced to two and a half years for posting extremist material online (27 July 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Bashkortostan resident sentenced to three years for posting extremist material online (28 July 2015) (Rus)

SOVA Center: Kyrgyzstani native given one year suspended sentence for membership of the Tablighi Jamaat (28 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kabardino-Balkarian resident sentenced to two years for supplying food to insurgents (29 July 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Two Kabardino-Balkarian residents suspected of aiding insurgents (30 July 2015) (Rus)


Kavpolit: North Caucasus envoy Melikov views outflow of North Caucasian youth to the Islamic State as the result of the authorities’ failure in educational and counter-extremism work (24 July 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Mosque in Moscow suburbs searched for Islamic State recruiters (24 July 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov interviewed on counterterrorism cooperation in light of Ukraine crisis, what other countries can learn from Russia, and the fight against the Islamic State (27 July 2015) (Rus)

Novaya Gazeta: Investigative report on the involvement of Russian citizens in the Syrian conflict, alleges that the security services encourage outflow (29 July 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Three Chechen women detained for extorting money from Islamic State recruiters (28 July 2015) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: “Caucasus Emirate in the Levant” claims to reemerge in Northern Aleppo (29 July 2015) (Eng)


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