Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 25 September-1 October 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: Residents of Dagestani village of Novyy Kurush report tense situation following closure of Salafi mosque (29 September 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani residents report lack of restrictions in areas affected by latest counterterrorism op (30 September 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Chechen university lecturer claims he is among a number of education professionals the Islamic State have tried to recruit (1 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Armed men abduct, kill head of Dagestan’s Karamakhi (1 October 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Two North Caucasians arrested in Moscow on suspicion of having fought in Syria (25 September 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Seven Ingushetian residents accused of involvement in insurgency (25 September 2015) (Rus)

EurAsia Daily: Chechen court sentences Ukrainian nationalist to 24 years for participating in First Chechen War (29 September 2015)

SOVA Center: Three members of so-called Jama’at Takfiritov sentenced in Ulyanovsk Oblast (30 September 2015) (Rus)


Head and Government of the Chechen Republic: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov accuses West of focusing on removing Syrian President Al-Asad rather than fighting the Islamic State (29 September 2015) (Rus)

Head and Government of the Chechen Republic: Kadyrov regrets that Chechen troops can’t as yet fight against the Islamic State (30 September 2015) (Rus)

Islam News: Sverdlovsk Oblast Spiritual Board of Muslims releases 75-page leaflet containing guidance on countering the Islamic State (30 September 2015) (Rus)

Kavkaz Online: Kabardino-Balkarian Head Yuriy Kokov voices concerns over threat posed by fighters returning from Syria (29 September 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant reports on Russian citizens volunteering to fight against the Islamic State in Syria (30 September 2015) (Rus)

The Moscow Times: Tyumen man sentenced to two years for fighting with Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar in Syria (30 September 2015) (Eng)


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