Russia: The Challenge of Radical Islamism

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) arranged a discussion on the challenge of radical Islamism in Russia.

During the last decades Islam has become an important political factor in Russia. With the Muslim migration from Central Asia and the Caucasus, Islam now is present in regions where it previously was not represented. In parallel, a process of political and religious radicalization has taken place within the Russian Muslim community. Under the influence of domestic conflicts and war, like in Chechnya, and under the impact of developments in the Middle East, radical Islamism today constitutes a serious challenge to the Russian state and society.


Alexey Malashenko, Carnegie Moscow Center

Professor Aleksei Malashenko is one of Russia’s best known specialists on Islam in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. He is a scholar in residence at the Carnegie Moscow Center and co-chairs its Religion, Society and Security Programme. Among his latest books are The Islam Alternative and the Islamist Project (in Russian), Moskva 2006; and The Fight for Influence. Russia in Central Asia, (Washington DC., 2013).


Erika Holmquist, Analyst, Swedish Defence Research (FOI)

The seminar will be moderated by Lena Jonson, Head of the Russia Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.



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