Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 9-15 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

Life News: Three militants killed in special operation in Dagestani village of Gimry identified (10 October 2015) (Rus)

Head and Government of the Chechen Republic: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov hails work done to counter extremist ideologies (10 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Militants killed in Groznyy special operation to be buried in unmarked graves (11 October 2015) (Rus) Two alleged members of the Nazran group killed, four arrested during special operation in Ingushetia’s Gazi-Yurt (12 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Three Gimry residents detained on suspicion of supporting the local insurgency (13 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Security services link those killed in Groznyy on 8 October with the group accused of planning a terrorist attack in Moscow (13 October 2015) (Rus)

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov reports 124 rebels killed, 31 detained, 396 accomplices detained in 2015 (13 October 2015) (Rus)

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Resident of Khibyatli in Dagestan’s Tsuntinskiy Rayon sentenced for helping a member of the local insurgency (10 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Resident of Kasumkent in Dagestan’s Suleyman-Stalskiy Rayon sentenced for helping Southern group (10 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani resident sentenced to five years in prison for membership of the insurgency (12 October 2015) (Rus)

Open Democracy Russia: A look at the flawed investigation into the 2005 Nalchik attacks (12 October 2015) (Rus)

Kommersant: Trial opens against 15 North Caucasians accused of planning a suicide attack in Moscow in 2014 (13 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Tajikistan citizen living in Stavropol sentenced to seven years for recruiting people into the Islamic State (14 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Three residents of Gimry suspected of aiding insurgents (15 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Four residents of the Ingushetian village of Surkhakhi suspected of aiding insurgents (15 October 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Magaramkent native confesses to involvement in killing of local hunters (15 October 2015) (Rus)


RIA Novosti: The National Antiterrorism Committee reports the detention of a group in possession of an IED, reportedly planning a terrorist attack in Moscow (11 October 2015) (Rus) Three Syrians, seven Central Asians accused of Islamic State-linked plot to carry out attack in Moscow (12 October 2015) (Rus)

Meduza: A look at questions, answered and unanswered, about the alleged Moscow terrorist group (12 October 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Researchers to identify Islamic State recruiters through a program that analyses their social media accounts (13 October 2015) (Rus)

RIA Novosti: The FSB claims that the IED to be used by the alleged would-be Moscow attackers came from Chechnya (13 October 2015) (Rus)

EurAsia Daily: Contradictory reports claim 13 of 15 people detained in connection with the alleged Moscow plot are from the North Caucasus (12 October 2015) (Rus)

Izvestiya: Number of Russians wanted for involvement in extremist or terrorist activity has almost doubled in a year (13 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavpolit: Bortnikov reports 5,475 convictions since 2006 for terrorism-related activity, 2,134 rebels killed, 1,504 rebels wanted (13 October 2015) (Rus)

Life News: Kadyrov declares the majority of Chechens in the Islamic State dead (14 October 2015) (Rus)

RFE/RL: Islamic State, Jabhat Al-Nusrah call for “jihad” against Russia (14 October 2015) (Rus) Two alleged Islamic State members to face trial for plotting to blow up a mosque in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug (15 October 2015) (Rus)

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani imam in Berlin arrested on suspicion of recruiting to the Islamic State (15 October 2015) (Rus)


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