An NCTC meeting, chaired by Head of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee and FSB Director A. Bortnikov, was held today in Pyatigorsk. Participants discussed outcomes of implementing a set of enforcement and preventive measures designed to significantly reduce the number of terrorist offences committed in the North Caucasian Federal District: from 15 in 2017 to 6 in 2018 and 2 so far this year.
Director of Rosfinmonitoring, Yu Chikhanchin, participated in the meeting.
Opening the meeting, A. Bortnikov informed the participants about prevention of 15 criminal terrorist attacks and elimination of 30 terrorist cells this year, participants of which planned attacks during large public events and in places of mass public attendance, including religious organisations, as well as attacks against law enforcement staff.
Terrorist supporters have activated their efforts of spreading the terrorist ideology, targeting young people for recruitment purposes and building clandestine terrorist infrastructure.
Under these conditions, the role of terrorism prevention, undertaken primarily by regional executive authorities and coordinated by counter-terrorism commissions, is becoming more and more significant.
Pursuant to the NCTC resolution, political, social, economic, and other processes influencing the CFT situation are monitored in the district. Based on the results, effective measures are taken to eliminate possible terrorist threats.
The NCTC Chairman drew attention of the CTC leaders and executive authorities to the need to improve effectiveness of terrorism prevention efforts and, in particular, to combat its ideology. The involvement of representatives of public organizations and other civil society institutions in these efforts propels this work to a new qualitative level. Meanwhile, the involvement of high-profile representatives of religious organizations helps combat the spread of radical ideology.
The development and wide dissemination of counter-terrorism content in the media and the Internet has become an important step of terrorism-prevention efforts undertaken in NCFD subjects’ regions. As a result of this work, over 75,000 items of media content have been published, including approx. 400 videos with participation of persons who refused to further engage in terrorist activities.
Participants' attention during the meeting was particularly focused on counter-terrorist protection of power plants, transport infrastructure, public facilities and places of mass public attendance, as well as on measures to enhance responsibility of their leaders for compliance with the established rules and requirements, and the prompt elimination of existing deficiencies.
It was specifically emphasized during the meeting that the effectiveness of the measures taken to address terrorist threats, as well as relevant positive dynamics of the situation in the region, would be used as the criteria for evaluating performance of each head of a counter-terrorism commission.