In 2016 Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) prevented a series of attacks on families of the Russian pilots involved in the military operation in Syria, Kommersant newspaper reported on October 8. According to the report, the terrorists were also preparing terrorist attacks in two scheduled buses. The attacks were planned to be carried out in the cities of Ufa, Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg.
The network preparing the attacks included 3 persons: Zakirjan Paarpiev (Uzbekistan citizen), Azamat Ishanbaev (Russian citizen) and Asma Sharipova (Russian citizen). The FSB seized from them weapons and explosives.
According to the Kommersant article, the terrorists found data about two families of the Russian pilots available online and were preparing to use them to track and kill the civilians. It should be noted that the data about Russian pilots and their families are being actively collected and released by bodies affilated with the Ukrainian intelligence and thus with the US special services.
Over the past few years, the FSB has prepared a number of attempts to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia as well as has cracked down ISIS cells operating across the country. For example, according to the data released by the authorities, from January 2018 to April 2018, the FSB prevented 6 terrorist attacks. 18 terrorist acts were prevented by the FSB in 2017.