Zapad-Akhmat, a Chechen Defence Ministry unit

Threatologist Profile: Zapad-Akhmat Battalion — One of Chechnya’s Defence Ministry units This profile provides key details about the Zapad-Akhmat Battalion, one of several “Chechen” units created within Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Created in summer 2022, it has participated in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How to use these profiles These profiles are intended as a research … Read more

Vostok-Akhmat, a Chechen Defence Ministry unit

Threatologist Profile: Vostok-Akhmat Battalion — One of Chechnya’s Defence Ministry units This profile provides key details about the Vostok-Akhmat Battalion, one of several “Chechen” units created within Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Created in summer 2022, it has participated in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How to use these profiles These profiles are intended as a research … Read more

Crocus City Hall attack in Moscow

Event in Review: The Crocus City Hall terrorist attack in Moscow (Mar 24) This review article rounds up all the key information on the 22 March 2024 terrorist attack on Moscow’s Crocus City Hall and its aftermath. On 22 March 2024, armed gunmen perpetrated Russia’s largest terrorist attack since the 2004 school siege in Beslan … Read more

Yug-Akhmat, a Chechen Defence Ministry unit

Threatologist Profile: Yug-Akhmat Battalion — One of Chechnya’s Defence Ministry units This profile provides key details about the Yug-Akhmat Battalion, one of several “Chechen” units created within Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Created in summer 2022, it has participated in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How to use these profiles These profiles are intended as a research … Read more

Sever-Akhmat, a Chechen Defence Ministry unit

Threatologist Profile: Sever-Akhmat (78th Motorised) Regiment — One of Chechnya’s Defence Ministry units This profile provides key details about the Sever-Akhmat (78th Motorised) regiment, one of several “Chechen” units created within Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Created in summer 2022, it has mostly been active in Ukraine. How to use these profiles These profiles are intended … Read more

Insurgency in the North Caucasus: A brief history

Backgrounder: A brief history of the North Caucasus insurgency The North Caucasus has experienced insurgent violence since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This backgrounder outlines the key phases of post-Soviet armed struggle in the region. It provides an overview of Chechnya’s two wars with Russia; the evolution of the Chechen separatist movement; jihadist state-building … Read more

African Corps, the Russian Defence Ministry’s Wagner replacement

Threatologist Profile: African Corps — The Russian Ministry of Defence’s replacement for Wagner in Africa This profile explains the origins and initial operations of African Corps, a unit set up by the Russian Defence Ministry to replace the private military company (PMC) the Wagner Group. Key takeaways from the profile: Profile last updated: 2 February … Read more

OSINT training course

Nine simple questions to help you choose an open-source intelligence (OSINT) training course The growth of the internet has led to a proliferation of publicly available information – or opensource intelligence (OSINT) – that researchers and investigators can exploit. Making the most of this data requires knowledge of a range of tools, techniques, and methodologies. … Read more

Adam Delimkhanov, potential successor turned Chechen kingmaker

Adam Delimkhanov, potential successor turned Chechen kingmaker State Duma Deputy for Chechnya Adam Delimkhanov will likely play a pivotal role in deciding who succeeds Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov. Adam Delimkhanov has represented Chechnya in the Russian State Duma since 2007. He is a close ally of current Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and one of the … Read more

Abuzayd Vismuradov, Chechnya’s security provider

Abuzayd Vismuradov, Chechnya’s security provider The influence of Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Abuzayd Vismuradov makes him an outside candidate to replace Chechnya’s leader. Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Abuzayd Vismuradov is a close ally of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and the media regularly identify him as one of the most influential men in the republic. His … Read more