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Russian regions protected insufficiently from new IS units — expert

February 12, 10:45 UTC+3 YEKATERINBURG
According to Evgeny Birukov of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, members of the terrorist organization outlawed in Russia may enter any region of the federation
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YEKATERINBURG, February 12. /TASS/. Russian regions are protected insufficiently from new units representing the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization outlawed in Russia, Evgeny Birukov of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) said on Friday.

"As yet, Russian regions are protected insufficiently from organization of the IS units," he said. "Members of the terrorist organization outlawed in Russia may enter any region of the federation."

"For example, in Yekaterinburg people were detained who come from Central Asia, and they'd entered the region pretending to be labor migrants," he said. "Situation of the kind may occur in any other region, as well."

However, the expert said, the people originating from Central Asia share our common cultural and historic heritage.

"They come to Russia to earn money, not to blow up houses. But, unfortunately, some of them may come under influence of recruiters from Arabic countries and may be financed by them."

"They may be sent over here to organize terrorist attacks, and it is extremely complicated to forecast to what region they will come," the scientist said. "Sure, they are more interested in big cities, where the terrorist attack would receive wide publicity."

Yekaterinburg’s court on January 8 arrested for two months seven IS members who prepared terrorist attacks in Moscow, St. Petersburg and in the Urals. The intelligence service says the group was managed by an IS member, who had come from Turkey. The police during searches found a laboratory, where explosives could be made.

The Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) is a major scientific-research and analytical center, established by the President of the Russian Federation.

The main task of RISS is to provide information support to the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council, the State Duma and the Security Council as well as to Government offices, ministries and departments. RISS provides expert appraisals and recommendations and prepares analytical materials.

Russia's special sevices should learn Arabic, Turkic languages 

Experts of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) have also recommended that staff of the intelligence services should study Arabic and Turkic languages for a more effective fight against the extremist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), which is outlawed in Russia.

The intelligence services include among others the internal counter-intelligence of the FSB, the Foreign Intelligence Service, military intelligence, the Federal Security Service, the drug control service.

"The law enforcement authorities lack experts with command of the Arabic and Turkic languages," head of the institute’s branch in the Urals Dmitry Popov said. "If our experts could speak the language, used by the IS recruiters, the effectiveness of fighting terrorist organizations could be much higher."

Another problem, the scientist mentioned in an interview with TASS is that major western IT companies won't reveal data on users that may be involved in radical forms of Islam.

"Most data are on the American servers, and our law enforcers cannot obtain information from them," he said. "Most of the requests sent to major western IT companies are rejected."

The Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) is a major scientific-research and analytical center established by the President of the Russian Federation.

The main task of RISS is to provide information support to the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council, the State Duma and the Security Council as well as to Government offices, ministries and departments. RISS provides expert appraisals and recommendations and prepares analytical materials.

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