Russian terror crimes down by 50 percentFebruary 15th, 2012 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Feb 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The number of terrorism-related crimes in Russia went down by half in 2011 from the previous year’s figures, a top official said Wednesday.
The number of such crimes in 2011 stood at 365 while it was 779 in 2010, said Aleksandr Bortnikov, head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).
The National Anti-Terrorism Committee’s actions contributed to the decrease, he said.
Nadezhda Shilova of the anti-terrorism committee said there were 10 terrorist attacks in Russia in 2011, while in 2010 there were 23 such attacks.
Bortnikov said special centres have been set up that help former criminals adapt to a life outside terrorism.
A total of 49 people have been persuaded to quit terrorism, he said.
At least 50 gang leaders, including two Al Qaeda militants, were eliminated in the North Caucasus in 2011.
Sporadic terrorist attacks and militant clashes are common in the Muslim majority North Caucasus republics, especially Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.
- Two militants killed in Russia - Oct 23, 2010
- Six militants killed in Russia - May 13, 2012
- Car bomb kills four in Russia - Sep 28, 2011
- 30 injured in blast in Russia - Aug 18, 2010
- Russian jailed for 14 years for 2010 bombing - May 31, 2012
- Russian police kill five militants in Dagestan - Jun 16, 2010
- 13 militants killed in Russia's Dagestan - Sep 13, 2010
- Cop, two militants killed in Russia - Mar 18, 2012
- Three militants killed in Dagestan - Jun 11, 2011
- Three dead in North Caucasus blast - Sep 22, 2011
- Two terrorists held over deadly attack in Russia - May 31, 2011
- Terror attack foiled in Moscow - Jul 19, 2011
- Five killed in suicide terror attack in Russia - Sep 05, 2010
- Four militants killed in Chechnya operation - Sep 21, 2012
- Policeman kidnapped in Russia - Aug 24, 2012
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