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FSB chief calls CIS labour migrants “backbone of terrorist groups” in Russia

13.04.2017 16:42 msk

Ferghana


Aleksandr Bortnikov
Labour migrants from the Commonwealth of Independent States are the basis of terrorist groups in Russia, Aleksandr Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC) of Russia, has said on April 11.

“The findings of an analysis of obtained information shows that the main backbone of terrorist groups are citizens of CIS who arrived in Russia with inflow of labour migrants,” Mr Bortnikov has said during the NAC session, Interfax reports.

According to him, “such individuals launch an active recruitment process in the migrant community, recruiting terrorist act executors” in Russia. Mr Bortnikov has also said part of fighters arriving in Russia have undergone training and participated in military theatres in Syria and Iraq.

In this connection the FSB chief proposed introducing additional steps at the border checkpoints in order to prevent militants from entering the territory of Russia.

“It is necessary to provide for additional means of border inspections at the state borders at the points of vehicular and pedestrian entry and exit points of those who are suspected of having connections with terrorist structures. Simultaneously, it is necessary to improve cooperation among all foreign partners that we jointly combat terrorism. [It is also necessary] to increase rapidity of information sharing and undertaking steps necessary to apprehend criminals,” Mr Bortnikov has said.

The FSB chief presumes that it is necessary “to analyse the accumulated problems in the field of enforcing norms of migration-related legislation and come up with solutions of toward improving the pertinent legal base” on the one hand. On the other hand, Mr Bortnikov maintains, it is necessary to step up requirements of those officials who control migration as well as businessmen who hire foreigners.

“Antiterrorism committees are to help the regional authorities in working out steps of prophylactic and administrative nature on establishing order and enforcing control over migration processes, increasing responsibility of officials who control the implementation of migration-related legislation and representatives of businesses who use migrants’ labour as well as citizens who provide housing and other facilities for foreigners to live in,” ТАSS quotes Bortnikov as saying.

He has said an investigation into the recent terrorist act in the Sankt Petersburg underground metro system revealed lapses in rapid response.

“As the investigation into the terrorist act in the Sankt Petersburg underground metro shows, rapid response efforts are still not completely on par with the threat illegal terrorist organisations pose,” he has said.

The FSB director has also informed the gathering that “during the last year alone, 16 terrorist acts were thwarted in Moscow, Sankt Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg, Tula, Ufa, Sochi, Novosibirsk and Nizhniy Novgorod. Citizens of CIS were members of these neutralised groups. A total of 46 cells of international terrorist organisations were eliminated,” Kommersant writes.

Mr Bortnikov has also stated there is intelligences on the intentions of terrorists, including those supporting the so-called Islamic State, to commit terrorist acts in various parts of the world, including Russia.

“At this time, we are receiving a significant amount of information, which shows that heads of terrorist groups active in the Middle East as part of the so-called Islamic State are harbouring intentions to commit terrorist acts in various parts of the world, including Russia. Terrorist acts in the UK, Russia, Sweden and Egypt are cases in point,” Mr Bortnikov has stated.

Fergana international information agency.