2015-06-09 15:33:00

Patrushev: Special services must counter IS attempts to recruit citizens of Russia, CIS

Moscow, June 9, Interfax - Terrorist organizations, including Islamic State, are trying to draw citizens of Russia and other states to their ranks. Special services must therefore intensify cooperation in countering recruiters, said Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev.

"Islamic State and other terrorist organizations are working intensively to recruit citizens of Russia, countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and other states, focusing primarily on youth groups and ethnic minorities," Patrushev told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday.

"The recent example with a Russian female student is not the only one demonstrating how young people are being recruited by the radical Islamists," he said.

"An analysis of the information available to us on the situation in the Middle East indicates that fresh centers of terrorist operations are emerging. As a consequence, international terrorist organizations continue recruiting people and supplying new recruits to them," he said.

"In such a setting, special services and law enforcement agencies of the world must intensify joint operations to prevent the recruiters' work and citizens' arrival in the zone abroad controlled by terrorist organizations," Patrushev said.

He said that international cooperation in countering the growing threat of global extremism will be discussed in June at the 6th international meeting of high-level representatives in charge of security issues.

Interfax earlier reported that student of Moscow State University's Philosophy Department Varvara Karaulova, who was presumably planning to join Islamic State, was detained in Turkey as she was trying to cross the border with Syria.

The young woman's father Pavel Karaulov has met with his daughter. He hopes she will return to Russia shortly.