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.
Note: There are fewer highlights than normal this week, because the media have been pretty quiet on terrorism-related stories. The first article should give you a clue as to why.
Russkaya Planeta: Rumours circulate about an embargo on reporting of security service and rebel activity in Dagestan and the North Caucasus during the Olympics (12 February 2014) (Rus)
Trud: Russia deploys dolphins to defend the Games (11 February 2014) (Rus)
Vedomosti: Supreme Court criticizes changes to antiterrorism legislation (12 February 2014) (Rus)
Kommersant: Makhackala signs unusual agreement with Gimry, obliging Gimry residents to help combat militants in return for new school, hospital, jobs and other projects (8 February 2014) (Rus)
Kommersant: Magomed Orudzhev, prosecutor for Makhachkala’s Sovetskiy Rayon, dismissed and under investigation for possession of large arsenal; Orudzhev alleges power struggle (12 February 2014) (Rus)
Kommersant/Levada Center: Public still fear further terrorist attacks, doubts security services’ ability to prevent them (12 February 2014) (Rus)