Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 28 March-3 April 2015

Posted: 03/04/2015 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: Yevgeniy Satanovskiy claims that the Islamic State are only interested in recruiting the brightest and the best at North Caucasian universities (28 March 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/259629/

RFE/RL: Russian officials cite ‘Islamic State threat’ as justification for heightened security (30 March 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/islamic-state-russia-heightened-security/26928550.html

RFE/RL: Two sentenced for killing the chief editor of a local publication in Dagestan (30 March 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/two-senetnced-for-journalist-killing-in-daghestan/26928034.html

Kavkazskaya Politika: Akhmet Yarlykapov views those who fight in the North Caucasus as being guided by a completely different ideology to those who fight for the Islamic State (30 March 2015) (Rus)
http://kavpolit.ru/articles/boeviki_ig_dejstvujut_gorazdo_zhestche_chem_imarat-15406/

Kavkaz Online: Chechen who was denied asylum in Sweden shot in Chechnya (31 March 2015) (Rus)
http://kavkasia.net/Russia/2015/1427864532.php

RFE/RL: Russian authorities claim that a Dagestani man killed in a special operation in Khasavyurt led the Kizlyarskiy group and had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State (1 April 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/islamic-state-daghestan-russia-antiterror-operation/26930535.html

Court Cases/Investigations

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Karachayevo-Cherkessia’s Supreme Court sentences man to nine years in jail for killing a policeman (1 April 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/259851/

Russkaya Planeta: Jury in Dagestan acquits man accused of membership in an illegal armed formation (3 April 2015) (Rus)
http://dagestan.rusplt.ru/index/kollegiya-prisyajnyih-v-dagestane-opravdala-obvinyaemogo-v-uchastii-v-nvf-326170.html

Syria

RFE/RL: Russian man believed to be fighting alongside Islamic State in Syria charged in absentia (27 March 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/islamic-state-russian-man-arrested/26924399.html

From Chechnya to Syria: The “Crimean Jamaat” — What We Know (& What We Don’t) (28 March 2015) (Eng)
http://www.chechensinsyria.com/?p=23541

From Chechnya to Syria: New Chechen Faction Ajnad Kavkaz Fights Alongside JAN In Idlib (30 March 2015) (Eng)
http://www.chechensinsyria.com/?p=23585

RAPSI: Prosecutor’s in Lipetsk Oblast open a case against a Russian man accused of fighting in Syria (30 March 2015) (Rus)
http://rapsinews.ru/judicial_news/20150330/273445565.html

The Moscow Times: 300 cases launched against Russians accused of joining foreign terrorist groups (31 March 2015) (Eng)
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/300-cases-launched-against-russians-accused-of-joining-foreign-terrorist-groups/518294.html

Newsru.com: Russia’s Spiritual Board of Muslims issues fatwa declaring that Islamic State members deserve either death or lifetime imprisonment (31 March 2015) (Rus)
http://www.newsru.com/religy/31mar2015/fatwa.html

RFE/RL: Tajik Moscow University dropout may have joined Islamic State, according to his father (1 April 2015) (Eng)
http://www.rferl.org/content/islamic-state-tajikistan-/26933350.html

General/Other

Kommersant: A senior figure in the Interior Ministry claims new powers are needed to block websites and combat extremism (31 March 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2698199

SOVA Center: Two people detained in St Petersburg on suspicion of membership of Hizb ut-Tahrir (2 April 2015) (Rus)
http://www.sova-center.ru/religion/news/extremism/counter-extremism/2015/04/d31668/

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