New report: The Future of Chechens in ISIS

The most prominent North Caucasians among the ISIS ranks have been the Chechens. In a new report from HSI, Anna Borschevskaya takes a closer look at Chechens in ISIS, and discusses their possible role in the future.

Øyvind Strømmen

The report discusses the history of Islamist extremism in the North Caucasus and the role of Chechnyans in ISIS, providing profiles for several well-known examples of Chechnyans fighting with the terrorist group. It also discusses the failure of Russian authorities in addressing the root causes leading to radicalization, noting that radical Islamist ideas may find a receptive audience in Russia, even if ISIS itself falls.

The report is available in PDF format here: Future of Chechens in ISIS.

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About Øyvind Strømmen

Øyvind Strømmen is a Norwegian freelance journalist, author and managing editor of Hate Speech International. He has written extensively on the extreme right and other forms of extremism since 2007, and has published the Norwegian-language books Det mørke nettet (2011) and Den sorte tråden (2013), the first of which is also translated into Swedish, Finnish and French.
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