‘Russian-Speaking’ Fighters In Syria, Iraq And At Home: Consequences And Context

  • Youngman, Mark (PI)
  • Moore, Cerwyn (CoI)

Project Details


Policy brief on Russian-speaking foreign fighters and Islamic State’s influence in the North Caucasus, produced for the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)

Key findings

-The Islamic State has established a patchy toehold in Russia, in particular by linking up with a much-weakened domestic insurgency
-This has lead to a wave of incidents, including an attack in Derbent, Dagestan in December 2015, and an attack in December 2016 in Grozny, Chechnya.
-Whilst other incidents have been attributed to IS, many of these have been rudimentary attacks
-The terrorist threat facing Russia is not reducible to IS.
Effective start/end date2/01/1731/08/17

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Russia
  • Islamic State
  • North Caucasus
  • terrorism
  • insurgency
  • Syria


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