Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 24-30 January 2015

Posted: 30/01/2015 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.

North Caucasus/Caucasus Emirate

Interfax: Ingushetia’s reconciliation commission returns a man who allegedly planned to fight in Syria to civilian life (24 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.interfax-russia.ru/South/news.asp?id=576241&sec=1671

RFE/RL: Shock Waves From Insurgency Commanders’ Defection To IS Felt Beyond North Caucasus (26 January 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/caucasus-report-islamic-state-loyalty-discord/26813906.html

Kavpolit: Russia’s Interior Ministry reports 259 militants, including 26 rebel leaders, killed in the North Caucasus in 2014 (26 January 2015) (Rus)
http://kavpolit.com/articles/mvd-13396/

The Moscow Times: Human Rights Watch’s Tanya Lokshina claims Russia is waging an “invisible war” in Dagestan (28 January 2015) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/515054.html

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kabardino-Balkarian resident sentenced to 13 months for aiding the insurgency (27 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256271/

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Dagestani resident accused of involvement in Temirbek Temirbekov’s group that operated in Kizilyurtovskiy Rayon (27 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256287/

RIA Dagestan: Tagirkent-Kazmalyar resident to stand trial, accused of membershhip of the insurgency (28 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.riadagestan.ru/news/investigation_and_courts/v_dagestane_pered_sudom_predstanet_uchastnik_vooruzhennogo_bandformirovaniya/

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Two Makhachkala residents to stand trial, accused of aiding the Makhachkalinskaya group (28 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256351/

Kommersant: A Moscow court denies bail to a man, detained in December, who is suspected of being one of the organizers of the 2002 Nord Ost/Dubrovka attack (29 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2655638

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Kabardino-Balkarian resident sentenced to 3.5 years for aiding insurgents (30 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256481/

Syria

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Two Dagestanis arrested on their return from Egypt on suspicion of fighting in Syria (25 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256147/

RFE/RL: Anti-IS Chechen Militants: We Don’t Like Kurds But We’re Glad When Anyone Kills IS (28 January 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/anti-islamic-state-chechen-militants-cheer-kurds-in-kobani/26818140.html

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Ingushetia’s reconciliation commission rehabilitates two supposed potential recruits for fighting in Syria (28 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256348/

Kavkaz Online: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov says the parents of those fighting in Syria should bring their children home and hand them over to the police (28 January 2015) (Rus)
http://kavkasia.net/Russia/2015/1422514330.php

Kavpolit: The son of an Ingushetian opposition leader is killed in unclear circumstances in Syria (30 January 2015)
http://kavpolit.com/blogs/kvkreal/11537/

Interfax: Russia’s Supreme Court says there are at least 58 criminal cases open against Russian citizens for fighting in Syria (30 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.interfax.ru/421161

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