Top Extremism- and Terrorism-Related Stories in Russia, 20-26 June 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 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

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Experts debate the implications of North Caucasus rebels pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (23 June 2015) (Rus)
https://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/264433/

Kavkazskiy Uzel: Car of Chechen imam targeted in IED attack (23 June 2015) (Rus)
https://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/264438/

Kavkazskiy Uzel: 13 Chechen residents detained on suspicion of ties to the insurgency (24 June 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/264467/

Kommersant: Two members of the Gimrinskiy group killed in Dagestan (24 June 2015) (Rus)
http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2753862

Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russia’s Security Council official expresses fears that Islamic State fighters could use tourist visas to return home (24 June 2015) (Rus)
http://rg.ru/2015/06/25/sovbez.html

RBK: Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov claims Islam needs to develop an antidote to extremism (24 June 2015) (Rus)
http://daily.rbc.ru/opinions/society/24/06/2015/55842a629a7947686b392a8e

RIA Novosti: Chechnya’s Interior Minister claims that North Caucasus rebels have switched to the Islamic State for financial reasons (25 June 2015) (Rus)
http://ria.ru/world/20150625/1087797827.html

Kavkaz Times: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov claims that the Islamic State will not find support in Chechnya (26 June 2015) (Rus)
http://kavkaztimes.ru/26/06/2015/kadyirov-nikakoy-podderzhki-u-ig-v-chechne-ne-budet/

Life News: Alleged militant killed in Ingushetia fought in Ukraine (25 June 2015) (Rus)
http://lifenews.ru/news/156223

Court Cases/Investigations

RIA Kabardino-Balkaria: Nalchik native sentenced to two years for aiding Kabardino-Balkarian rebels (25 June 2015) (Rus)
http://kbrria.ru/proisshestviya/v-kbr-osuzhden-posobnik-boevikov-8889

Ura.ru: Suspected Islamic State recruiter to face trial in Chelyabinsk (25 June 2015) (Rus)
http://ura.ru/news/1052212885

Syria/Russia

Kommersant: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev interviewed on main security threats facing Russia (22 June 2015) (Rus)
http://kommersant.ru/doc/2752250

Interfax: 20 Dagestanis declared wanted for travelling to fight in Syria since the start of the year (20 June 2015) (Rus)
http://www.interfax.ru/russia/448664

Gazeta.ru: Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov denies people are leaving Chechnya to join the Islamic State (22 June 2015) (Rus)
http://www.gazeta.ru/social/news/2015/06/22/n_7310081.shtml

Bloknot Voronezh: International arrest warrant issued for Voronezh woman suspected of joining Islamic State (22 June 2015) (Rus)
http://bloknot-voronezh.ru/news/nakhodyashchayasya-v-rozyske-zhitelnitsa-voronezha-604806

Newsru.com: Ukraine’s security service reports the detention of two Russians suspected of planning to travel to Syria (25 June 2015) (Rus)
http://www.newsru.com/world/25jun2015/dnepro.html

Kavpolit: Ingushetian Head Yunus-bek Yevkurov has instructed the republic’s religious and other authorities to examine why youth are attracted to the Islamic State (26 June 2015) (Rus)
http://kavpolit.com/articles/evkurov-17838/

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