Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 7-14 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

Life News: Militant killed in Kabardino-Balkaria allegedly recruited for pro-Islamic State groups in the region (7 January 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Explosions reported on outskirts of Dagestani village of Gimry against backdrop of ongoing security operation (10 August 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims that the number of Chechens joining the Islamic State has fallen dramatically (10 August 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Man killed in Kabardino-Balkaria allegedly headed Central Sector (10 August 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: The Caucasus Emirate suffers another serious blow as both its leader and the head of its Dagestani sector are killed (11 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts discuss the challenges facing the Caucasus Emirate following the death of its leader (12 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Method of counting terrorist activity criticised (13 August 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavpolit:Kabardino-Balkarian resident faces charges of planning IED attacks, having trained in Islamic State camps in Syria (7 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Alleged militant accused of several high-profile crimes killed in Nalchik (8 August 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Prosecutors seek three life sentences for former Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov, accused of preparing a terrorist attack (11 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Makhachkala resident sentenced to eight years for financing insurgents (11 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani man sentenced to two and a half years for rebel activity abroad (11 August 2015) (Rus)

SOVA Center: Krasnoyarsk Kray court fines man 10,000 roubles for membership of banned group Nurdzhular (13 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Makhachkala resident sentenced to two and a half years for extremist comments online (13 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Court in Dagestan’s Suleyman-Stalskiy Rayon sentences man to four years five months for aiding insurgents (13 August 2015) (Rus)


RFE/RL: German ex-rapper Deso Dogg ‘stars’ in Islamic State Russian recruitment video (7 August 2015) (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen teenager sentenced to five years for attempting to join Islamic State (8 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Alleged Chechen Islamic State recruiter operating in Turkey may have been involved in 2012 Lopota Gorge incident (7 August 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Three Russians detained in Turkey on suspicion of involvement with the Islamic State (10 August 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Public Chamber hot line receives eight reports of Islamic State recruitment efforts in first week (11 August 2015) (Rus)

From Chechnya to Syria: Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar releases its first propaganda video following Salakhuddin’s ouster (12 August 2015) (Eng)

TASS: Man detained in Nizhniy Novgorod on suspicion of fighting against Islamic State (11 August 2015) (Rus)


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