Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 18-24 January 2014

Posted: 24/01/2014 in Media Reporting

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. 

December 2013 Volgograd Attacks

Kommersant: The authorities are examining a “martyrdom” video shot by the two suspected Volgograd bombers (21 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2388503

Yezhednevnyy Zhurnal: Andrey Soldatov  slams the “stupidity” of linking the group that has claimed the Volgograd bombings to Iraq based on a Wikipedia search (20 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.ej.ru/?a=note&id=24204#

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts comment on the name adopted by the group that perpetrated the Volgograd attack (20 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/236925/

The Moscow Times: Uncertainty over the investigation into the Volgograd attacks fuels uncertainty over security at the Olympics (21 January 2014) (Eng)
http://themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/fsb-confused-over-terrorism/493083.html

Sochi

BlogSochi.ru:  Police are searching for a suspected female suicide bomber sighted in Sochi (19 January 2014) (Rus)
http://blogsochi.ru/content/ob-otbytii-iz-dagestana-terroristki-smertnitsy-v-gorod-sochi

The Moscow Times: More on the search for a suspected female suicide bomber (20 January 2014) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/sochi2014/Extremists-in-Video-Claim-Responsibility-for-Volgograd-Bombings.html

Russia Direct: Sergey Markedonov examines the security situation in Sochi ahead of the Olympics (20 January 2014) (Eng)
http://russia-direct.org/content/security-ahead-sochi-volgograd-effect

Foreign Policy: Hanna Kozlowska lists some cases of female suicide bomber attacks in Russia (22 January 2014) (Eng)
http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/01/21/meet_the_female_terrorists_keeping_putin_up_at_night

CNN: Mark Galeotti opines that the more people talk about security at Sochi, the more terrorists secure a “cheap victory” (22 January 2014) (Eng)
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/22/sochi-has-almost-nothing-to-fear-but-fear-itself/

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Washington dispatches ships to Black Sea to provide support to Olympics (22 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.ng.ru/world/2014-01-22/8_olimpic.html

Center for Strategic and International Studies: Sergey Markedonov examines the challenges posed by the Games (23 January 2014) (Eng)
http://csis.org/publication/2014-sochi-olympics

Newsweek: Anna Nemtsova recounts her meeting with women suspected of being potential suicide bombers (23 January 2014) (Eng)
http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/01/24/sochi-olympics-black-widow-terrorism.html

Umarov’s “Death”

Interfax: Medvedev says that, without concrete evidence to the contrary, Umarov should still be considered to be alive (22 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.interfax.ru/russia/news/353290

Counterterrorism
Global Voices: An anti-Kremlin journalist and a special services blogger tackle the terrorism definition debate (18 January 2014) (Eng)
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/18/blogger-and-commando-argue-russian-terrorism/

Kommersant: A VTsIOM opinion poll shows that Russians have low levels of trust in the authorities’ ability to prevent further terrorist attacks (21 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2388405

General/Other

Svobodnaya Pressa:  Experts blame Saudi Arabia for funding terrorism in Russia (20 January 2014) (Rus)
http://www.svpressa.ru/war21/article/80837/

LifeNews: Dagestani People’s Assembly deputy under investigation on suspicion of financing terrorism (24 January 2014) (Rus)
http://lifenews.ru/news/126044

Huffington Post: Jean-Francois Ratelle views the Volgograd attacks as evidence of a power and generational shift in the Caucasus Emirate (24 January 2014) (Eng)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanfrancois-ratelle/a-power-shift-in-the-cauc_b_4637724.html

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