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Terrorism threat in Russia declines

July 30, 2013, 13:15 UTC+3

At the same time, extremism on the rise

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Photo ITAR-TASS/ Shemetov Maxim

Photo ITAR-TASS/ Shemetov Maxim

MOSCOW, July 30. (Itar-Tass) - Russian Prosecutor General’s Office believes that terrorist threat in Russia has declined substantially, as terrorism-related activity went down 21% in  the last six months, according to First Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman. “Anti-terrorist preventive measures have brought some results,” he said, noting that “these threats can be tackled only by efficient work of security services in charge of anti-terrorism efforts.”

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor General’s Office is alarmed over the growth of extremism-related criminal activity. Alexander Buksman noted that in 2012 such crimes were 11% more frequent than before; throughout the first six months of this year extremism-related crime has climbed another 20%

“The danger is very high mobility of extremism as a phenomenon and its capacity to change its color, manifest itself in new ways, locations and in different social groups,” Buksman noted. “Any manifestations of extremism require the most urgent response with use of all available means; it rangers from finding causes to prevention to criminal prosecution,” the first deputy general prosecutor concluded.

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