2017-11-22 15:52:00

Religious radicalism in CIS countries threatens Central Asian security - Patrushev (updated)

Moscow, November 22, Interfax - The spread of religious radicalism in CIS member states pose a threat to the entire Central Asian region, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said on Wednesday.

"The spread of religious radicalism in the CIS is one of the main threats to stability and security of both a certain state and the Central Asian region in general," the Russian Security Council press service quoted Patrushev as saying at the fifth annual meeting of the CIS security council secretaries.

"Extremism as an expression of extreme views and ideas has the ability to penetrate all spheres of public life, and it has recently become increasingly large-scale and multi-faceted, having acquired the capability to use scientific achievements for its criminal purposes," Patrushev said.

The meeting addressed national and international security issues in the CIS, the press service said. Specifically, it addressed issues relating to the prevention of the spread of radical religious tendencies in the CIS, the work of the CIS Anti-Terrorist Center, as well as the joint fight against threats coming from international terrorist organizations.