Tashkent, September 18, Interfax - Up to 2,400 Russian citizens are currently fighting on the side of the Islamic State group (ISIL), the first deputy director of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), Sergey Smirnov, has said.
"The information available to us indicates that approximately 2,400 citizens of the Russian Federation are already taking part in the activities of this organization. It is quite a large number," he said after a session of the Council of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Uzbek capital Tashkent on Friday.
On Thursday Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev told media chief editors about 1,800 Russian nationals fighting for ISIL. Criminal charges have been brought against 477 of them.