Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 14-20 February 2015

Posted: 20/02/2015 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: Local residents claim that young men with beards are being systematically detained (15 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/257312/

The Long War Journal: The new leader of the IK’s Dagestani Vilayyat denounces those who have defected to the Islamic State (16 February 2015) (Eng)
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/02/jihadist_leader_in_d.php

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts doubt that North Caucasus militants will borrow tactics from the Islamic State (17 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/257392/

Dagestan Post: 160 alleged insurgents killed, 300 detained in Dagestan in 2014 (17 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.dagestanpost.ru/novosti/anti-terror/11328-v-dagestane-v-2014-godu-nejtralizovany-160-i-zaderzhany-300-chlenov-nvf-i-ix-posobnikov

The Moscow Times: Experts Say Conflict in North Caucasus Waning — But Far From Over (18 February 2015) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/experts-say-conflict-in-north-caucasus-waning-but-far-from-over/516142.html

Kavkazskiy Uzel: A Chechen court restricts access to 85 VK pages because of purported extremist content (18 February 2015)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/257470/

Syria

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Chechen Interior Ministry identifies four people supposedly fighting in Syria (15 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/257305/

The Moscow Times: FSB says nearly 2,000 Russians fighting in Iraq (20 February 2015) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/516282.html

Interfax: The director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for New Challenges and Threats on the terrorist threat to Europe and international efforts to combat the Islamic State (18 February 2015) (Rus)
http://www.interfax.ru/424993

FSB Chief: Intel sharing with United States on Islamic State ‘quite possible’ (20 February 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-fsb-chief-share-intel-with-us-on-islamic-state/26860021.html

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