Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 30 January-6 February 2015

Posted: 06/02/2015 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

Kavkazskiy Uzel’s data shows Chechnya as the only region to post an increase in casualty figures in 2014 (30 January 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256507/

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Unknown people beat up the imam of the Mansur mosque in Kabardino-Balkaria (1 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256570/

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Ingushetian oppositionist Magomed Khazbiyev targeted in assassination attempt, according to his lawyer (1 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256572/

Kavkazskiy Uzel: A Groznyy resident reports the detention of two men for wearing beards (2 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256600/

The Moscow Times: More Members of Deadly North Ossetian Gang Nabbed Amid Crackdown (2 February 2015) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/more-members-of-deadly-north-ossetian-gang-nabbed-amid-crackdown/515249.html

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen Prosecutor finds no violations in Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov’s calls for collective responsibility (4 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256743/

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts see the outflow of fighters to Syria as a primary reason for declining violence in the North Caucasus (4 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/256716/

RAPSI: The General Prosecutor’s Office demands that Roskomnadzor blocks access to Caucasus Emirate websites (6 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.rapsinews.ru/incident_news/20150206/273118530.html

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: Kabardino-Balkarian man sentenced for aiding local insurgents (6 February 2015) (Rus)
http://kbrria.ru//proisshestviya/v-kbr-osuzhden-posobnik-boevikov-6598

Syria

The Long War Journal: Al Qaeda sharia officials address Caucasus defectors in joint statement (30 January 2015) (Eng)

Al Qaeda sharia officials address Caucasus defectors in joint statement

RFE/RL: Police in the North Caucasus establish the identity of four Russian nationals fighting in Syria (2 February 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/islamic-state-chechnya-militants-identities-kadyrov-cia/26826123.html

RFE/RL: Anti-IS Chechen militants accuse the group of treating recruits as “cannon fodder” (3 February 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/islamic-state-chechen-militants-cannon-fodder/26826487.html

RFE/RL: Russian Government Newspaper Emphasizes Role Of Pankisi Gorge In Recruitment To IS (6 February 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/islamic-state-russia-chechenc-pankisi/26831889.html

General/Other

Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Concerns over rising Islamic extremism in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug (4 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.ng.ru/ng_religii/2015-02-04/4_siberia.html

TASS: Thirty one suspected Hizb ut-Tahrir members detained in Bashkortostan (5 February 2015) (Rus)
http://itar-tass.com/proisshestviya/1745860

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