Prosecutors: ISIS recruits fighters through the campaign in the spirit of modern “pop culture”


SOCHI, November 11. International terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG), banned in Russia, uses all the features of modern “pop culture” to recruit young people into their ranks.

“The ISIL (the former name of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” – approx.) have been active and aggressive propaganda campaign in the spirit of modern “pop culture” to recruit foreign fighters-terrorists using scenes from movies and video games, which are skilfully focused on young people,” – said the head of Department on supervision of execution of laws on Federal security, interethnic relations and countering extremism and terrorism of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yury Khokhlov, speaking at the ongoing Sochi the 7th regional conference of the international Association of prosecutors for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

“For Russian-speaking audience extremists use the communication potential of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, “Vkontakte”, where a different number of pages in order to recruit new supporters to swell the ranks of militants and terrorists and their supporters. According to the requirements of the Prosecutor General, such resources are blocked”, – he stressed.

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Khokhlov added that since the extremists attach great importance to propaganda work, “therefore, our response must be adequate to these threats, especially when it comes to protecting youth from the harmful influence of a hostile ideology”.

The representative of the Prosecutor General’s office noted that “almost all terrorist organizations have their websites on which information is posted in several languages”. The number of such sites is in the thousands and among them a large number of Russian-speaking.

As reported yesterday the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, Russia at the request of the General Prosecutor’s office were blocked 800 Internet sites of terrorist and extremist orientation, with 4.5 million of those pages had been removed information.

“ISLAMIC STATE”

“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).

On combating extremism on the Internet

A number of online communities, which is a propaganda of extremism and terrorism, includes citizens of different countries, so the fight against them requires the joint efforts of the international community, said Yuri Khokhlov.

In his view, the necessary consolidation of efforts of the international community in combating the propaganda of ideas of terrorism and extremism in the Internet. As evidence of this the representative of the Prosecutor General gave the example of the Internet community “Misantropic devisen” whose resources were identified by the Supervisory office in this year and blocked. “The members of this online community openly called for extremist and terrorist activities. On the pages of participants contained materials promoting ideas of racial superiority and violence on these grounds,” said Khokhlov.

“The activity “Misantropic devisen” was observed not only in Russia but also in great Britain, Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Italy, France and other countries”, said Khokhlov. He recalled that although often rightly talk about the human right to freedom of expression, but article 19 of the UN International Covenant on civil and political rights (1966) guaranteeing these rights, prevents abuse, and forbidding to call for violence.