The Federal Security Service (FSB) eliminated 71 terrorist cells in Russia in 2020, the FSB director and the chairman of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee Alexander Bortnikov revealed.
“The enemy – here I mean both international terrorist organizations and foreign ideological, financial and intelligence centers – is also actively working, trying to draw new adepts into illegal activities, who would, at the cost of their own lives, solve other people’s problems,” Bortnikov said in an interview with “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee.
“In particular, the FSB regularly identifies and eliminates terrorist cells in various regions of the country. In 2020, there were 71 of them. But this is already an extreme measure,” he added.
Bortnikov added that in 2020 alone, security forces seized from illegal circulation about 600 firearms, 134 improvised explosive devices, over 100 thousand cartridges, as well as more than 3 thousand mines, grenades and other ammunition.
Rosfinmonitoring (the fninancial flow monitoring center) blocked the financial assets of more than 1.2 thousand persons suspected of involvement in terrorism – 57 million RUB (0.8 million USD).
“In general, 184 channels of financing of this criminal activity have been suppressed,” Bortnikov said.
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