In the presence of counterparts from dozens of countries, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service unveiled the results of anti-terrorism measures in his country this year, and warned of the emergence of "new terrorist threats" around the world.
Speaking at an international meeting of security chiefs and competent bodies held in the southern Russian city of Sochi today with the participation of representatives of more than 70 countries, Alexander Portnikov said 39 attempts to carry out terrorist operations were thwarted in Russia this year.
He added that 32 militants were liquidated, 679 others were arrested, 22 were persuaded to give up terrorist activity, and 49 terrorist cells planning to carry out terrorist operations in various regions of Russia were dismantled.
Portnikov said that the Russian Federal Security has identified more than 5,000 Russian citizens who left abroad to join terrorist groups there, pointing out that the International Data Bank to Combat Terrorism, which was established at the initiative of Russia, currently includes the names of more than 45.5 thousand people linked to international terrorism In addition to 116 terrorist organizations.
'New' terrorist risks
Portnikov warned of new threats associated with terrorist activity, including:
Terrorist attacks using a large number of drones ... "Improving the specifications of the tubers and their ability to carry various weapons, to chemical and toxic substances, and to act as a" squadron, will all be a real challenge for us in the near future.
In the conduct of their attacks, terrorists use new wireless communication technologies "that do not depend on the availability of corporate services or Internet access"
* Easy access to artificial intelligence techniques, which will expand the capabilities of terrorists to commit crimes
* The ability of hackers associated with international terrorist organizations to disguise their cyber attacks as deliberate attacks by a government entity, threatening the risk of genuine political and military conflicts.
International terrorist leaders are increasingly acquiring new weapons, GPS systems and satellite communications
* The failure of high-tech companies to cooperate with the security services in the field of information security, note that messaging applications (Messenger) is the primary means of communication between terrorists.
Bortnikov warned against attempts to politicize the fight against terrorism and called for the abandonment of double standards, noting that "innocent citizens should not become hostages to differences between countries," and that any attempts to "flirt" terrorists "will ultimately benefit only the terrorists themselves."