Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 2-8 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

Izvestia: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims the Islamic State are trying to recruit members of respected families (2 October 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov calls on Ingushetians to support Russia’s actions in Syria (2 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen security services conduct passport checks in Groznyy ahead of multiple holidays falling on 5 October (2 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Village head killed in Dagestan opposed insurgency (2 October 2015) (Rus)

Chernovik: Mosque-goers in the Dagestani capital detained after Friday prayers (2 October 2015) (Rus)

Russkaya Sluzhba Novostey: Kadyrov claims Chechen security services are countering Islamic State propaganda on social networks with the help of scholars educated in Syria and Egypt (3 October 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Islamic State’s North Caucasus affiliate calls for recruits to join it in Dagestan (3 October 2015) (Rus)

OpenDemocracy Russia: A look at Chechnya’s efforts to combat Islamic State recruitment (5 October 2015) (Eng)

Life News: Dagestani man relates why he decided to join the Islamic State and then return (6 October 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: Ingushetia to create special working group to identify IS recruiters on social networks (6 October 2015) (Rus)

Rosbalt: Kadyrov reports the death in a Groznyy special operation of three people allegedly trained by the Islamic State (8 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Fourth militant killed, two security service personnel injured in fighting in Groznyy (8 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Makhachkala resident detained on suspicion of fighting in Syria (8 October 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

SOVA Center: Three suspected Hizb ut-Tahrir members held in Chelyabinsk Oblast (5 October 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Security services detain a man accused of participating in Basayev-led 1995 attack on Budennovsk (6 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Three alleged members of Dagestani Southern Sector declared wanted for murder of hunters (6 October 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Security services in Tatarstan detain man who has been on wanted list for almost a decade for links to Dokka Umarov (8 October 2015) (Rus)

RAPSI: Supreme Court rejects appeal of four Tajikistani citizens sentenced on terrorism charges ( 7 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen resident detained on suspicion of helping insurgents in spring 2009 (8 October 2015) (Rus)


Life News: St Petersburg resident reportedly joins Tajik husband in Islamic State (2 October 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Kadyrov meets with Afghan vice president, claims Afghanistan needs Russia’s support in preventing the spread of terrorism (5 October 2015) (Rus)


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