Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 14-20 June 2014

Posted: 20/06/2014 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.

Court Cases/Investigations

Argumenty i Fakty: Nizhnevartovsky court sends case against man accused of Hizb ut-Tahrir membership to court (16 June 2014) (Rus)
http://www.ugra.aif.ru/incidents/1189253

SOVA-Center: Moscow oblast court holds its first open hearing of the case against alleged members of the Combat Organisation of Russian Nationalists (BORN) (18 June 2014) (Rus)
http://www.sova-center.ru/racism-xenophobia/news/counteraction/2014/06/d29742/

Legislation

Kommersant:  Interior Ministry develops strategy for combating extremism through to 2025, focuses on Internet (20 June 2014) (Rus)
http://kommersant.ru/doc/2494603

Gazeta.ru: Human rights activists are concerned that the proposed 2025 strategy for combatting extremism undermines the presumption of innocence (20 June 2014) (Rus)
http://www.gazeta.ru/politics/2014/06/20_a_6078569.shtml

General/Other

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Investigations Committee head Aleksandr Bastrykin gives a lengthy interview on everything from Ukraine and Crimea to the criminal situation in the North Caucasus (17 June 2014) (Rus)
http://www.rg.ru/2014/06/17/bastrykin.html

Chechenpress: Exiled separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev gives interview on Crimea and Chechen independence (18 June 2014) (Rus)
http://thechechenpress.com/news/6951-2014-06-18-11-15-13.html

The Moscow Times: Poll shows Russians more confident in stability in North Caucasus (19 June 2014) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russians-more-confident-in-stability-in-north-caucasus-poll-shows/502213.html

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