PYATIROGSK, May 29 (Itar-Tass) - Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev noted the decline in terrorist activities in the North Caucasus. “The number of terrorism-related crimes went down 43%,” he said at a visiting session of the Security Council in Pyatigorsk.
“This is mainly the result of the work of the law enforcement agencies and power-wielding structures,” which “succeeded to deal a strong blow on the gangs,” Patrushev noted.
The secretary of the Russian Security Council noted that thanks to the active work of regional chief executives “the general situation in interethnic relations remains stable and controllable.” In his words, the North Caucasus Federal District does not have open interethnic conflicts, which are similar to those that took place in the nineties of the previous century, however “hidden tensions remain in interethnic relations,” that is underlined by “a tangible growth of extremism-related crimes.” “The main reasons are systemic flaws in education and upbringing of young people, the growth of influence of radical Islamic organizations,” Patrushev said. “This should be taken into account in the practical work, primarily at the regional level,” he remarked. Religious radicalism and extremism, particularly in the republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia, the republics of Chechnya and Kabardino-Balkaria, is growing, he went on to say. “The hardest situation has emerged in Dagestan, where 85% of all terrorism-related crimes are committed,” Patrushev pointed out. “The graphical confirmation to this is the terrorist acts, which were carried out in Makhachkala on May 20 that resulted in the murder of three law enforcers and hospitalization of 25 people, including a child,” he indicated.
Russian Presidential Representative in the North Caucasus Federal District and Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin and the chief executives of the North Caucasus constituents were participating in a visiting session of the Russian Security Council.