Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 14-20 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

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Aslambek Vadalov seen as a prime candidate to succeed Magomed Suleymanov as Caucasus Emirate leader (14 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Groznyy residents report heightened security amid rumours of rebel activity on Chechen-Georgian border (14 August 2015) (Rus) Ongoing special operation in Dagestan’s Untsukulskiy Rayon results in the death of Caucasus Emirate Mountain Sector emir and Syria returnee Gadzhi Abdulayev, aka Abu Dudzhana (17 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Suspected rebel detained in southwestern Chechnya (17 August 2015) (Rus)

EurAsia Daily: Chechen pundit speculates that Aslambek Vadalov could become the new Caucasus Emirate leader (17 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Ingushetian security services search for group of 12 rebels in Sunzhenskiy Rayon (18 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani residents fear change of rebel tactics following IK leaders’ deaths (18 August 2015) (Rus) Counterterrorism operation declared in three rayons of Dagestan as security services search for members of Yuzhnaya group (19 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Residents of Dagestan’s Untsukulskiy Rayon complain of ongoing restrictions despite lifting of counterterrorism operation (20 August 2015) (Rus)

Head and Government of the Chechen Republic: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov denies that increased security on republic’s roads is linked to reports of movements of rebels from Syria on the Russian-Georgian border (20 August 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Fontanka: Kyrgyzstani citizen sentenced to five years for membership of St Petersburg cell of Hizb ut-Tahrir (14 August 2015) (Rus)

EurAsia Daily: Second St Petersburg resident sentenced to five years for membership of Hizb ut-Tahrir (17 August 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Russia’s Supreme Court upholds conviction of three people found guilty of involvement in 2012 murder of influential Dagestani religious leader Sheikh Said-Afandi Chirkeyskiy (20 August 2015) (Rus)


From Chechnya to Syria: A look at Ansar Al-Sharia, a Pankisi Kist-led jamaat operating in Latakia (15 August 2015) (Eng)

Izvestia: Adygean residents concerned about Islamic State recruitment in republic’s mosques (20 August 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Now on Android: Islamic State releases Russian propaganda app (19 August 2015)  (Eng)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Two Nalchik residents detained on suspicion of trying to join Islamic State (19 August 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: ‘The First Russian to escape from the Islamic State’ didn’t actually fight for it (20 August 2015) (Eng)


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