Moscow, October 19, Interfax - Renowned Russian expert on Islam, president of the Religion and Politics Institute, member of the Council for Interaction with Religious Associations at the Russian President Alexander Ignatenko supposes that Muslim states displeased with Russian policy in the Middle East could finance militants in Russian republics.
"They have experience of supporting bandit underground, I would not even use the word 'Islamic' in this case. We just have to remember that in the second half of the 1990-s such states as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some others supported, financed, armed, sent volunteers, instructors, ideologically cared for militants and gunmen, who acted in Chechnya and Dagestan, and they have such experience," he said in his interview with Interfax-Religion.
According to the expert, it is impossible to exclude that this time "they will try to do something of the kind," but Ignatenko believes that situation in Russia has changed.
To confirm his words he pointed out to Russia's successful experience of fighting against military bands in late 1990-s - early 2000-s. Besides, he further said, "in place of Chechnya that was a terrorist and extremist formation, there is the Chechen Republic where Muslims live and prosper."
"The situation is not the same as it was in the second half of the 1990-s when they (RF enemies - IF) wildly attacked Russia in the Russian Northern Caucasus," Ignatenko said.