MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and police have detected undercover cells of terrorist organizations in 17 Russian regions since the beginning of this year, head of the Main Directorate for Countering Extremism of the Russian Interior Ministry Oleg Ilyinykh said in an interview with magazine "Police of Russia" ("Politsiya Rossii").
"In 2019 alone, the Russian Interior Ministry and the FSB officers shut down the activity of undercover cells of the IS [Islamic State, a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia], on the territory of the Krasnodar, Stavropol and Krasnoyarsk Regions; Moscow; the Astrakhan, Vladimir, Moscow, Rostov, Samara, Saratov, Tyumen, Dagestan, Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria and Chechnya Regions and the Khanty-Mansiysk and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Regions," he said.
The head of the Directorate for Countering Extremism said that a total of 972 terrorism-related crimes have been revealed in the first six months of this year.
Ilinykh added that at least 14 extremist organizations had been detected and shut down their activity this year. "In the first half of 2019, 14 cases of organizing an extremist community and 90 cases of organizing similar structures were detected. Considering the tragic events that occurred on October 17, 2018, when a student of the Kerch Polytechnic College carried out an armed attack on his college mates and teachers, a set of measures to detect and prevent destructive ideology among the youth is being carried out," he stated.
According to Ilyinykh, law enforcement authorities managed to reduce the amount of extremism-related crimes by 16.8% (by 1,265) in 2018. "This trend was preserved this year as well: 314 illegal actions were registered in the first half of the year, which is by 58.8% less that in the similar period last year," he reported.