Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 31 July-7 August 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

Kavpolit: North Caucasus envoy Sergey Melikov says stability has been achieved in the region, calls on young people to help maintain it (31 July 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Six suspected members of Kabardino-Balkaria’s Central Sector killed in Nalchik special operation (3 August 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Eight alleged Islamic State members killed in Ingushetia, including the alleged organiser of a 2014 attack on Groznyy (3 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Security services continue hunt for militants on Chechen-Ingushetian border after major operation in which 8 suspected rebels killed (3 August 2015) (Rus)

Kabardino-Balkarskaya Pravda: Kabardino-Balkarian law enforcers identify 34 people wanted for involvement in the local insurgency (4 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Security services identify rebels killed in Kabardino-Balkaria (4 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: All those killed in a special operation in Ingushetia identified as Chechen residents and members of the Achkoy-Martanovskaya group (4 August 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Chechen imams receive training on combatting Islamic State ideology (6 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Ingushetian man who fought in Syria rehabilitated as sports trainer (6 August 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

RIA Dagestan: Dagestani man sentenced to seven years for aiding insurgents in Khasavyurtovskiy Rayon (1 August 2015) (Rus)


Kavpolit: Dagestani detained on Turkish-Syrian border after parents become suspicious of his location (1 August 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Moscow planning to block ‘extremist’ propaganda amid ‘global fight’ on Islamic State (1 August 2015) (Eng)

RFE/RL: Daghestani militants from Jabhat al-Nusrah accuse the Islamic State (IS)  of conning new recruits with misleading hype and spin (3 August 2015) (Eng)

Life News: Alleged recruiter of Russian citizens to the Islamic State identified as Chechen  One-Legged Akhmet in Istambul (4 August 2015) (Rus)


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