Terror outfits recruiting via foreign NGOs, says Russia

April 8th, 2008 - 7:01 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, April 8 (RIA Novosti) International terrorist groups are recruiting activists in Russian regions with the support of some foreign non-governmental organizations, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Tuesday. “International terrorists and religious extremists enjoy the support of certain foreign non-governmental organizations when carrying out recruitment activities,” FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev told the National Anti-Terrorism Committee.

In late 2005, the Russian parliament passed a 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 endeavouring to swell their ranks by brainwashing young people,” Patrushev said.

“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,” he added.

Russia has been facing 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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