Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 11-17 January 2014

Posted: 17/01/2014 in Media Reporting

Starting this week, I’m trialling a weekly post that highlights media reports and developments relating to extremism, terrorism and insurgency in Russia.  It’s 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.

Kadyrov Claims Caucasus Emirate Leader Dokka Umarov Is Dead

Instagram: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov declares Umarov dead (16 January 2014) (Rus)
http://instagram.com/p/jPeL4nCRkV/

Newsru.com: More details on Kadyrov’s claim, which a security service source says cannot be corroborated (16 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.newsru.com/russia/16jan2014/umarov.html

YouTube: An audio tape of Caucasus Emirate emirs allegedly discussing Umarov’s replacement (16 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guloX7RFhc0

Shameless self-promotion: my take on the claims (17 January 2014) (Eng)
https://extremistrussia.com/2014/01/17/place-your-bets-is-dokka-umarov-dead/

Security at the Sochi Winter Olympics

The Moscow Times: The United States issues a travel alert for Americans travelling to the Games (12 January 2014) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/sochi2014/Sochi-Visitors-Warned-Amid-Threats.html

The Moscow Times: (Wild and unsubstantiated) speculation that North Caucasus insurgents could use “unstoppable” drones to attack the Olympics (12 January 2014) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/vengeance-in-sochi/492569.html

Vedomosti: Sochi Olympics will be the least open in history (13 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.vedomosti.ru/opinion/news/21197491/chrezvychajnaya-olimpiada

Nezavisimaya Gazeta:  On increased security measures and increased insurgent activity ahead of Sochi Winter Olympics (13 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.ng.ru/regions/2014-01-13/3_kartblansh.html

Kavkazskiy Uzel:  North Ossetia shortens Olympic flame route because of security concerns (16 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/236739/

Developments Relating to December’s Volgograd Attacks

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Pavel Pechenkin, an ethnic Russian fighting with the North Caucasus insurgency, ruled out as suspect in Volgograd attack (13 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.rg.ru/2014/01/01/terrorist-site-anons.html

KP.ru: The December Volgograd attacks were supposed to be triple attacks; third bomber hiding in Moscow (14 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.kp.ru/daily/26180/3070408/

Counterterrorism Measures

RIA Novosti/The Moscow Times: Interior Ministry announces tender for suicide bomber detector (12 January 2014) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/interior-ministry-announces-tender-for-suicide-bomber-detector/492551.html

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: More details on the tender for a suicide bomb detector, problems with existing technology (13 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.rg.ru/2014/01/13/pribor.html

Moskovskiy Komsomolets: Federation Council member Konstantin Dobrynin defends plans to make officials accountable for failing to prevent terrorist attacks (13 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.mk.ru/politics/article/2014/01/10/968485-popustitelstvo-terrorizmu-kak-otdelnoe-prestuplenie.html

Hardingush:  Security services blogger defends failure to detain militants in special ops, rejects accusations of security service involvement in terrorist attacks (12 January 2014) (Rus)
http://hardingush.livejournal.com/133256.html

General/Other

Newsru.com: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov rules out using force to resolve the territorial dispute with Ingushetia (12 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.newsru.com/russia/12jan2014/kadyrov.html

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Tatarstani activists plan to set up a “Muslim Human Rights Centre” to defend Muslims accused of extremism (14 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.ng.ru/regions/2014-01-14/5_tatarstan.html

Ura.ru: 200 people detained in Perm for planning to provoke mass brawl with Central Asian migrants (13 January 2014) (Rus)
http://ura.ru/content/perm/13-01-2014/news/1052172210.html

Channel One: Five members of an “international terrorist organization detained in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria (11 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.1tv.ru/news/crime/249880

RFE/RL: Police search apartment of Chechen lawyer Murad Musayev (13 January 2014) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-lawyer-criminal-case-musayev-chechnya-budanov-politkovskaya/25228208.html

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