2015-08-04 10:04:00

Russian Public Chamber reports creation of hotline to fight ISIS recruiters

Moscow, August 4, Interfax - The Russian Public Chamber has created a hotline to counter recruiters of the international terrorist organization Islamic State on the territory of Russia.

"Operators are taking calls from victims, their relatives and loved ones. Citizens can not only call, but also make electronic reports," Yelena Sutormina, chairman of the Public Chamber commission on the development of public diplomacy and support to Russians abroad, was quoted by the Public Chamber site as saying.

Citizens can use a toll-free hotline 8-800-700-8-800 (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Moscow time Monday to Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Moscow time on Friday) if they have concerns that their children, relatives, or close friends could have fallen under the influence of recruiters from the extremist group Islamic State, or to report ISIS recruiters' actions in their regions.

The Public Chamber says ISIS recruiters use 24 languages, including Russian, and militants regard Russia as a promising country for recruitment.

Sutormina said reports will be processed in coordination with professional psychologists, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee and law enforcement agencies.

The hotline began working on August 1.