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New security chief to tackle old problems

Posted by Kris Roman on May 16, 2008

Following Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s formation of a new cabinet, President Dmitry Medvedev has announced new appointments to Russia’s security service, the FSB.

 

Aleksandr Bortnikov has been appointed head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), where he had previously served as deputy director responsible for economic security.

Experts say the appointment indicates that Medvedev has chosen tackling corruption and economic crimes as a national security priority.

The agency’s long-time head, Nikolay Patrushev, has been put in charge of the Security Council.

Medvedev has instructed both men to continue the war on terrorism and to step up efforts against extremism and xenophobia.

“International co-operation is a priority for the Security Council. In this regard, we should fully realise the responsibility Russia has for maintaining global stability in the world. This may be our number one mission, as far as international affairs are concerned,” he said.

 

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Russia to fight terrorists ideologically

Posted by Kris Roman on April 10, 2008

http://english.pravda.ru

Federal Security Service of Russia is going to fight terrorists not only be the means of force, but also with ideological decimator.

It is well-known that foreign intelligence often uses Nongovernmental organizations (NGO) both to obtain useful information and to force concealed influence on political processes. It was a headache for the authorities to realize that terrorists use exactly the same methods.

 

For example, the militia of Grozny noticed a car parked in the desert area. When the militia demanded to show documents, 2 passengers exerted armed resistance and flew the coop. The third passenger, Salambek Evloev, was arrested. He had the ascertainment of the International Nongovernmental organization. In the boot there were found 2 Kalashnikov guns and 3 explosive belts. The convicted man, though, stated that his mates and he cooperated with World Vision.

Perhaps such stories are also common in the USA. At least it’s known that last year the US Parliament stated that all Nongovernmental organizations need to provide detailed information about its members “to maintain national security”. NGO need to reveal its member’ names, addresses, dates and places of birth, nationality, passport and social card number. All the data than will be transformed to FBI and also to foreign intelligence that will check whether the NGO members have anything in common with terrorists.

This problem was also widely discussed in Russia, despite NGO members’ accusations in impairment of their rights and freedoms. Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, stressed that Nongovernmental organizations play a big role in our life and only those NGOs that are holding illegal activities will be checked.

However, the first priority for the Russian militia is not that much of NGOs, but religious organizations.

The research made in Dagestan says that among 50 arrested Wahhabites only 1 understood he was wrong. After people are ideologically processed, they become real zombie, who is targeted to the only task he is commanded to do. The most frightening is, he considers it the main goal of his life.

So it’s not surprising that this problem was discussed at the National Antiterrorist Committee in Moscow. Mr. Patrushev stated that in Southern Federal District of Russia terrorists make everything to enroll youth into terrorists’ rows. Terrorists use economical and political problems as a way to draw the youth against the authorities and make them become terrorists. So, it’s necessary to oppose terrorism not only with armed methods, but also to suppress their ideology. “Domestic and international experience shows that terrorists can be damaged with weapon, but to destroy them completely we need to destroy their ideology”.

However, religious terrorism shouldn’t be divided from political terrorism. The history of armed conflicts in Eastern Europe shows that there took part countless soldiers from Middle East, Northern Africa, chains of foreign Islamic foundations, nongovernmental organizations that covered that spread radical Islamic ideology under the cover of religious activities.

 

In Kosovo, for example, a famous Saudi fund “Al- Haramein” while founding “schools of Koran research” worked in close connection with a well-organized chain of Kosovo Liberation Army. One of the main external sources of financing of Islamic organizations in Kosovo is a “Committee of Kosovo’s help in Chechnya”.

It’s probable that the Crimea will explode in the near future, where several nongovernmental religious organizations operate. For example, ‘Islam Liberation Party’, which is a moderate wing of the organization called ‘Muslim Brothers’.

By the way, the activity of one of radical religious organizations was suppressed in Ural, Russia, in 2005. The representatives of Southern Urals’s Islamic organization said that Islamic party tried to penetrate, but not as terrorists, but as oppositionists to traditional Islam. However, the risk that religious discussion will grow to jihad.

Translated by Lena Ksandinova

 

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International terrorists recruit in Russia via foreign NGOs – FSB – 2

Posted by Kris Roman on April 9, 2008

International terrorists carry out recruiting activities in Russia’s regions with the support of some foreign non-governmental organizations, the Russian Federal Security Service chief said on Tuesday.

“International terrorists and religious extremists enjoy the support of certain foreign non-governmental organizations when carrying out recruitment activities,” Nikolai Patrushev told a session of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NATC).

In late 2005, the Russian parliament passed a Kremlin-sponsored bill preventing foreign NGOs from having branch offices in the country and making Russian groups ineligible for most sources of foreign funding.

“The results of an analysis of the operational situation in the Southern Federal District bear witness to the fact that bandits and their accomplices are endeavoring to swell their ranks by brainwashing young people. Emissaries of foreign terrorist and religious extremist groups are taking advantage of existing socio-economic problems and ethnic and religious discord to carry out recruiting work in this and other Russian regions,” Patrushev added.

But NGOs are blamed for recruiting terrorists not only in Russia, but also abroad. Alexander Torshin, deputy speaker of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, said after the NATC meeting on Tuesday:

“Foreign NGOs often become platforms for recruiting terrorists and extremists.”

He also said dozens of anti-Russian activities are carried out in Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Turkey, some other Scandinavian, and Baltic states.

Torshin, a NATC member, said another threat was coming from the Internet which is playing an increasingly important role in spreading terrorist ideology.

“While in 1998, only 12 sites supported terrorist organizations on the Internet, some estimates say that today there are 5,000-6,000 of them, including 150 Russian-language sites.”

Torshin called for a universal method to be developed to identify and shut down such websites worldwide.

The Russian government has faced criticism from Western leaders for restrictions imposed on rights groups and NGOs operating in the country, and the issue is often cited as an example of Russia’s alleged backsliding on democracy.

In January, prosecutors in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, which is part of the Southern Federal District, requested that a British NGO promoting peacekeeping and community development be closed down, saying that its accreditation had expired.

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Did Litvinenko poison himself?

Posted by Kris Roman on March 21, 2008

Did Litvinenko poison himself?Aleksandr Litvinenko

A journalist with the New York Sun newspaper is claiming that Aleksandr Litvinenko may have accidentally poisoned himself while trying to smuggle polonium-210. Edward Epstein reached his conclusions after an investigation lasting well over a year. Aleksandr Litvinenko, a former Russian Intelligence officer, died of polonium-210 poisoning in November 2006.

 

Britain believes he was murdered with the highly toxic isotope by another former Russian Intelligence officer Andrey Lugovoy, and has asked Moscow to extradite him.Russia’s refused, saying it contradicts the country’s constitution. Moscow says it will prosecute Lugovoy if Britain presents any proof of his guilt.Edward Epstein spent months on his investigation, which took him to London and Moscow.“My investigation started about November 28, 2006, and I was investigating this issue on and on, up to now, almost a year and a half. The first stage of my investigation was to find out what evidence actually exists – that’s why I went to Russia – and the second stage was to find out in what activities Litvinenko was involved,” Edward Epstein told Russia Today.But the journalist says this is by no means the end of his journey.He claims there is no substantial evidence against Lugovoy. He goes on to say that Litvinenko, as a former security officer, had contacts in arms-smuggling circles.Epstein says Litvinenko may have come into contact with the radioactive substance that contaminated and killed him either by accident or by design.In Moscow Andrey Lugovoy, who is Britain’s main suspect in the Litvinenko case and a deputy of the Russian Parliament, says he welcomes the article in the New York Sun.A controversial figure in the case himself, he still believes the U.S. journalist has come a lot closer to the truth than the British authorities.“I am happy at the fact that this publication has seen the light. We have been calling on the journalist community throughout the year asking them to make their investigation, take interviews and ask questions. This reporter was among those few who heard our appeal. We were in contact several times, talked on the phone. I liked his questions because they were not general. They showed he was involved in a deep and thorough investigation,” Lugovoy said.Meanwhile, political analyst Dmitry Babich says Epstein’s ability to acquire information may be a sign of bias.“Usually journalists when they are admitted to this kind of secrets, sometimes play on the side of the people who allow them to see these documents,” Babich said.Competing claims The Litvinenko case is full of mysteries. The diagnosis given to him by University College Hospital was poisoning from thallium, a non-radioactive toxin used in Russian rat poison.And the traces of polonium-210 were found only two hours before the former security officer’s death, when nothing more could be done to help him.

Andrey LugovoyAndrey Lugovoy, Britain’s number one suspect

There have been several theories about Litvinenko’s death.According to one of them, Boris Berezovsky, the Russian tycoon in exile, for whom Litvinenko worked, was involved.Another theory is that he was killed because of his research into the Russian government’s campaign against the management of the Russian oil company Yukos.British officials have also claimed that he was murdered by former FSB officers or members of a criminal gang linked to them, without the involvement of the Russian government.The investigation of the case led to a crisis in relations between the two countries. Britain expelled four Russian diplomats from London. Russia reacted similarly by expelling four British diplomats.Another spin-off of the conflict was Russia’s decision to close two regional offices of the British Council, the international cultural arm of the British government, in January this year, alleging they were operating illegally.In October 2007, a British newspaper, The Daily Mail, claimed that Aleksandr Litvinenko had been a MI6 agent receiving around 2,000 pounds a month from the British Intelligence Service. 

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‘Russian FBI’ to be launched in the autumn?

Posted by Kris Roman on March 20, 2008

Russia will soon have its very own FBI service, according to the RBK Daily paper. It will unite all Russia’s investigation services.

It’s reported that the agency has already been officially approved at the highest level.There’s now speculation about who will head the Russian FBI, with two of Putin’s friends from university among the candidates.

'Russian FBI' to be launched in the autumn?

 

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