FSB: “Foreign NGOs aiding terrorists”

The FSB accuses foreign NGOs of colluding with terrorists inside Russia. Presiding over a meeting of the National Anti-Terrorism Council (NAK), FSB chief Nikolay Patrushev said international terrorists recruit young people in Russia’s regions with the support of foreign NGOs. “Certain foreign NGOs provide support in spreading information on behalf of terrorists,” Patrushev said.

The FSB chief said that terrorism needs to be rooted out not only by means of force but by suppressing its ideology as well. “The threat of terrorism persists so long as there exists a system for producing the necessary infrastructure for terror, and especially its ideology,” Patrushev stated. Together with Russia’s leading media outlets, the FSB will work out an action plan against terrorism for 2008-2012.

Speaking at the NAK meeting, Alexander Torshin, deputy speaker of the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament, echoed Patrushev in accusing foreign NGOs of “providing platforms for recruiting terrorists and extremists.” He said these activities take place outside Russia as well: “Hundreds of anti-Russian propaganda events — conferences, meetings, and seminars — are held every year in many European countries, including Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Turkey, some other Scandinavian and Baltic states.”

Torshin said another threat was coming from the internet which is playing an increasingly important role in spreading terrorist ideology. He called for establishing common criteria for determining which websites are supporting terrorism, and for measures to identify and shut down such websites worldwide.

Read more:

FSB: International terrorists recruit in Russia via foreign NGOs
RIA Novosti, 08.04.2008

Russian security chief accuses foreign NGOs of helping terrorists recruit
Associated Press, 08.04.2008

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