Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 4-17 September 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

The Moscow Times: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov describes Chechnya as a model of peace and harmony despite evidence to the contrary (7 September 2015) (Rus)

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Investigative Committee head Aleksandr Bastrykin alleges Ukrainian Premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk fought with Chechen rebels in the First Chechen War (8 September 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Yatsenyuk’s press secretary responds to allegations by suggesting Bastrykin be seen by a shrink (8 September 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Alleged member of Makhachkalinskaya group killed in Dagestan’s Buynakskiy Rayon (8 September 2015) (Rus)

EurAsia Daily: Dagestani imam shot outside mosque in Novyy Kurush (9 September 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Killed Dagestani imam not involved in open conflicts but repeatedly tried to persuade radicals to switch to traditional Islam (9 September 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Chechen rebel leader in exile Akhmed Zakayev denies Yatsenyuk fought in Chechnya (9 September 2015) (Rus)

Islam News: Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov orders creation of working group to counter extremist recruitment (11 September 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: New Khasavyurt rebel leader suspected of organising killing of Novyy Kurush imam (10 September 2015) (Rus)

Kavkaz Online: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov calls for the passports of Chechens in the Islamic State to be cancelled (15 September 2015) (Rus)

Head and Government of the Chechen Republic: Kadyrov meets with parents of those accused of membership of Islamic State (16 September 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen police detain seven alleged Islamic State recruiters (16 September 2015) (Rus)

Izvestia: National Antiterrorism Committee report discovery of bomb-making lab in Dagestan (17 September 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Man detained in Chechnya accused of forging passports to enable would-be Islamic State members to travel to Syria (17 September 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Groznyy resident to stand trial, accused of disseminating extremist material (8 September 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen resident sentenced to 16 years for killing three servicemen (8 September 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Court extends detention of Astrakhan student accused of financing Islamic State (10 September 2015) (Rus)

SOVA Center: Thirteen Hizb ut-Tahrir texts found to be extremist in Bashkortostan in 2015 (17 September 2015) (Rus)


Izvestia: President Putin says it is premature to talk about Russia participating in an anti-Islamic State military operations (4 September 2015) (Rus)

EurAsia Daily: Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov calls for Russian citizens fighting for the Islamic State to be stripped of their citizenship (5 September 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Russia’s Public Chamber says Islamic State focusing on recruiting skilled young people, like IT specialists and medics (11 September 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Why Russian ppropaganda links Chechen militants, the Islamic State, and Assad’s coastal stronghold (14 September 2015) (Eng)

From Chechnya to Syria: Adzhnad Al-Kavkaz deny reports the Syrian army killed its militants (15 September 2015) (Eng)

EurAsia Daily: A State Duma deputy accuses a Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk court that decreed a book containing quotes from the Qur’an to be extremist of links with Western security services and the Islamic State (16 September 2015) (Rus) The National Antiterrorism Committee counts 170 Russians killed fighting for the Islamic State (16 September 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: The National Antiterrorism Committee trains teachers to counter Islamic State propaganda (17 September 2015) (Rus)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev reports 1800 Russians within Islamic State, 477 criminal cases opened (17 September 2015) (Rus)


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