MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded the Interior Ministry should take a hard line against extremist crimes. Speaking at a board meeting of the Interior Ministry on Thursday Putin said the overall number of such cases was on the decline.
"Resistance to extremism is the most important guideline. True, the overall number of registered extremism-related crimes in 2018 went down by nearly 17%. However, different manifestations of such crimes have been registered practically in all regions of Russia," Putin said.
"The Interior Ministry must take a hard line against the radical groups and pool efforts with the public and other bodies of power locally to prevent ethnic and religious conflicts and take resolute measures to expose and punish those who may try to spread ideologies of aggression, violence and intolerance in different social strata. Possibly, among youth in the first place," he said.