Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 29 March-4 April 2014

Posted: 04/04/2014 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. 

Counterterrorism

Novoye Delo: Dagestani forests burn after special operations in Gumbetovskiy Rayon (28 March 2014) (Rus)
http://ndelo.ru/novosti-7/2951-lesnye-i-pozhary

Court Cases/Investigations

Kommersant: Investigation into 2012 killing of Dagestan’s Sheykh Said-afandi Chirkeyskiy concludes (31 March 2014) (Rus)
http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2441756

Regnum: Bashkortostan’s Supreme Court increases sentences for four residents of Baymakskiy Rayon accused of membership of the Caucasus Emirate (31 March 2014) (Rus)
http://regnum.ru/news/polit/1784525.html

Newsru.com: Primorskiye Partisans appeal for mercy in closing testimonies (2 April 2014) (Rus)
http://www.newsru.com/russia/03apr2014/prim.html

Kavkazskaya Politika: Case against criminal group accused of killing head of Khasavyurt Rayon (3 April 2014) (Rus)
http://kavpolit.com/articles/sud_zajmetsja_delom_ob_ubijstve_glavy_hasavjurtovs-2608/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yandex

Legislation

Kommersant:  The State Duma security committee amends counterterrorism bill, expanding the definition of “mass disorders” and introducing new crimes (4 April 2014) (Rus) http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2444625

Far Right

SOVA Center: English-language version of SOVA Center’s report into the far right, xenophobia and nationalism in Russia in 2013 (31 March 2014) (Eng)
http://www.sova-center.ru/en/xenophobia/reports-analyses/2014/03/d29236/

Syria

RFE/RL: Jaysh al-Muhajirin wal-Ansar, with a heavy North Caucasian contingent, pledges allegiance to Caucasus Emirate leader Kebekov and the willingness of his fighters to return home (31 March 2014) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/caucasus-syria-fighters-allegiance-/25315330.html

Tablighi Dzhamaat

SOVA Center: Altay imam, convicted of membership of extremist group Tablighi Dzhamaat, appeals sentence (4 April 2014) (Rus)
http://www.sova-center.ru/misuse/news/persecution/2014/04/d29281/

Hizb ut-Tahrir

SOVA Center: Stavropol court sentences man, accused of membership of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir organization and planning a terrorist attack in Stavropol in May 2013, to 17 years in prison (3 April 2014) (Rus)
http://www.sova-center.ru/religion/news/extremism/counter-extremism/2014/04/d29278/

General/Other

Long War Journal:  Bill Roggio testifies to House Committee on Homeland Security on “Assessing Terrorism in the Caucasus and the Threat to the Homeland” (3 April 2014) (Eng) http://www.longwarjournal.org/images/Roggio_Bill_Terrorism-in-the-Caucasus-April2014%20%281%29.pdf

Kavkazskiy Uzel: National Antiterrorism Committee claims a suicide bomber belt was discovered in a special operation in Buynaksk, in which three militants were killed (2 April 2014) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/240384/

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen police officer suggests, in wake of mine attack that left 3 servicemen dead, that although militants in Chechnya lack a central command, they have not given up trying to destabilize the republic (4 April 2014) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/240462/ 

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