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

Project: Research


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

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