MOSCOW, October 21. Russian security services are taking the necessary steps for a possible return of Russians-participants of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” in connection with the intensification of military operations against the group in Syria. About it reported sources in the Russian intelligence services.
The participants of the IG is looking for a permanent
“The work to identify such persons is on a permanent basis,” said one of the sources. “Those citizens against whom there is information about their involvement in ISIS or other terrorist organizations, still fixed upon arrival at the border employees of the Border service and the work of other law enforcement agencies – from prevention to criminal prosecution. And those who caused suspicion, checked through all possible channels of law enforcement bodies, including the information of foreign partners. Use every feature of the FSB, the interior Ministry, the Federal migration service and other services”, – said the Agency interlocutor.
According to another interviewee, there is the difficulty of bringing them to criminal responsibility, for example, participation in hostilities on the side of the IG. “It is not enough one of the operative information, there must be documentary evidence, and with this there are difficulties: it is not the same IG to request them. Therefore, the number of criminal cases less than the number of identified possible participants in the IG who had to be in its ranks. But in any case they fall under the control of and prosecuted in attempts to manifestations of terrorist activity”, – said the source.
He recalled, in particular that established on the initiative of Russia the international databank on counteraction to terrorism, which is connected to foreign intelligence agencies, supporting colleagues with the Russian partnership, “significantly enriched only this year information about the individuals associated with ISIS and other terrorist organizations”. The Bank was established on the initiative of the FSB of Russia in 2007 and with it goes the exchange of information with partners in the CIS, the SCO and several other European and Asian countries.
How many terrorists can return
According to Russian special services, the activities of the IG might be involved to 2,5 thousand Russians and about 3 thousand citizens of CIS countries, who can also return home through Russia.
October 13, at the visiting session of the National antiterrorist Committee in Nalchik its Chairman, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov said that due to successful actions of Syrian government forces with the support of the Armed forces of Russia, which led to the dispersion of a number of large gatherings of militants, “there is information on the efforts of terrorists trying to leave the combat zone and using established corridors transporting refugees to infiltrate Europe and Asia, as well as in Russia, for the purpose of conducting terrorist attacks”.
“To localize this threat in cooperation with partners from Western countries, the Middle East, China and some other States conducted investigative activities aimed at identifying terrorists in migration and tourist flows. In the course of this work were prosecuted 832 persons involved in the activities of international terrorist organizations in Syria, including 22 recruiter” – brought the head of the FSB first results of work of special services.
In addition, he noted that jointly with Rosfinmonitoring and MVD is working to identify “financial centers” that collect donations for terrorist organizations, in 77 Russian regions and 6 States have detected more than 4 thousand people, suspected of involvement in such financial support.
The detention of extremists
Only since the beginning of October in Russia held several high-profile detentions of citizens with ties to ISIS. October 11, in the center of Moscow detained 12 citizens of Russia – supporters and supporters of the IG, one of whom, Aslan Baysultanov, according to the intelligence, arrived from Syria. According to the FSB, at least three of the detainees were preparing a terrorist act on transport objects.
16 October in the Krasnodar region was arrested the assistant engineer, who have created a group in social networks and, according to the agencies, was going to make a blast in the train and to go to Syria in the ranks of the IG. The instructions for making IEDs he received from the member of ISIL from Syria, whom he met on the Internet.
19 October in Moscow detained 22 participants banned in Russia organization “the Party of Islamic liberation” (“Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami”), including the two organizers of this cell. During searches at more than two dozens of addresses was seized extremist literature, communications, and electronic media with reports of a terrorist organization.
“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).