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Islamic State is political wrap for heavy oil smuggling — Russian official

November 30, 2015, 8:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The union with terrorists and smugglers is aimed against interests of all nations, spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said
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Spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin

Spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin

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MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. The Islamic State (IS) is a political wrap for enormous smuggling businesses, including oil, spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said.

"The terrorist organisations, which are outlawed in Russia, - the Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra - are only political wraps for the big businesses of smuggling oil, currency, arms, cultural heritage objects, donor organs and for slave trade," he wrote in Izvestia’s column.

"Weak politicians, like Turkish or Ukrainian "leaders," are only puppets, directed by shadow criminal bosses."

The union with terrorists and smugglers is aimed against interests of all nations.

"To the tricky question "Russia is protecting by military means in Syria its interests, then why Turkey can’t do so, too?" there is a clear answer: The badly veiled union with terrorists and smugglers in itself is aimed against interests of all the nations, and Turkey is not an exception. It is not a matter of Turkey’s interest, it is a matter of an interest of the international crime."

"It would have been only weird to be fighting international crime in Syria at the cost of best sons of the Motherland and at the same time not to mobilise all efforts to fight crime in Russia and the CIS countries," he wrote.

"Clearly, the networks for smuggling, counterfeit, drugs and illegal migrants may be used also for terrorist attacks, like it was in Paris recently," he continued. "All counterparts, unable to control the influence from the international crime and its accomplices in the information war against Russia should consider as no wonder the tougher migration policies or the international activities of the Russian Investigative Committee."

"Those are measures of precaution, not revenge for offenses."

"Freedom cannot exist without security," he wrote.

"Terrorists and their PR-servants dream of frightening us here, in Russia, of making life tougher here. Or to give in, to leave alone the firm position of immediate reaction. Never ever! We shall be improving the order and security of this country and of our people. Though not by limiting rights and freedoms, but right on the contrary - for the sake of keeping them in the current complicated international situation. For this, the first thing to do is to limit the crime, any shadow businesses and networks."

The war with the international crime cannot be easy, he said.

"Our every loss, and every provocation against Russia - no doubt - would be used immediately by the fifth column, which still hopes for revenge. But this will happen never ever.".

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