RISS: employees of the Russian special services should learn Arabic for fighting ISIS

RISS: employees of the Russian special services should learn Arabic for fighting ISIS

YEKATERINBURG, February 12. Employees of the Russian special services should learn Arabic and Turkic languages, in order to effectively combat terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia).This opinion was expressed by the offset. experts of the Russian Institute for strategic studies (RISS), which took part in the round table on countering is in Ekaterinburg.

“In recent years, there is a lack of law enforcement specialists fluent in Arabic and Turkic languages. If our law enforcers possessed the language spoken by the recruiters of Islamic state, the effectiveness of the fight against terrorist organizations has increased significantly,” – said in an interview with correspondent. the head of the Ural regional information and analytical center of RISS, candidate of legal Sciences Dmitry Popov.

According to him, since the collapse of the USSR a quarter century has passed, and now in Yekaterinburg is not easy to find a translator, for example, Kazakh or Tajik language.

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“Although such knowledge is extremely pertinent and necessary for effective work of intelligence not only in fighting terror but also, say, with drug-related crime”, – said Popov.

“Now the weight of gold specialists, who during operational activities can communicate freely in Arabic or Turkic dialects. I think this issue should be given careful time management of the power unit,” added senior researcher RISS, candidate of economic Sciences Evgeny Biryukov.

As noted by Popov, another problem in countering the unwillingness of major Western IT companies to provide information about subscribers, which may be linked to the radical sects of Islam.

“The main data is on American servers. Our militiamen can’t get with them. The majority of requests sent on this subject in a major Western IT company, just rejected,” – said Biryukov.

The regions of the Russian Federation is not sufficiently protected from the formation of cells IG

Russian regions are not sufficiently protected from the formation of cells, not the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG). This opinion was also expressed by journalist. Evgeny Biryukov.

“While Russian regions are not adequately protected from the formation of cells of the IG. Members banned in the Russian Federation a terrorist organization can infiltrate any subject of the Federation for one reason or another. In Ekaterinburg, for example, were detained immigrants from Central Asia who travel to the region as labor migrants. This situation may occur in another subject of the Russian Federation”, – he said.
The expert stressed that Russians don’t need to see every labour migrant from Central Asia potential terrorists. According to him, most of the immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have a shared feeling with our cultural and historical heritage.

“They go to Russia to earn money and not to blow up the building. But, unfortunately, some of them may fall under the influence of recruiters from Arab countries and get their funding. They can be sent here to prepare for attacks. To predict in what region they come, is extremely difficult. But, of course, they are more interested in big city where the terrorist attack will have a wide public resonance”, – said the Agency interlocutor.

According to experts RISS, to fight until it must be comprehensive: the operational work of law enforcement agencies needs to be combined with the efforts of the whole society and, primarily, the Muslim Ummah of Russia. “While there is no other way”, – said the Agency interlocutor.

Railway district court of Ekaterinburg on the evening of 8 January was arrested for two months, seven members of ISIS, who were preparing terrorist attacks in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Sverdlovsk region. According to TSOs FSB, the group management was carried out by a member of the IG who arrived from Turkey. During searches of the detainees found a laboratory for manufacturing explosive devices.


RISS is a large research and analytical centre established by the President of the Russian Federation. Its main task – information support of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation, Federation Council and State Duma, the security Council, the government office, ministries and agencies. RISS provides expert appraisals, recommendations, prepares information and analytical materials for the above structures.