2021-04-14 17:25:00

Influx of migrants contributing to emergence of hotbeds of interfaith tensions in Crimea - Patrushev

Sevastopol, April 14, Interfax - The large influx of migrants, primarily to Sevastopol, promotes the emergence of hotbeds of interethnic and interfaith tensions in Crimea, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolay Patrushev said.

"The current radicalization of some Muslims living in Crimea, who fall under the influence of clergy professing radical Islam, could lead to the emergence of hotbeds of interethnic and interfaith tensions," Patrushev said at a meeting on ensuring national security in Crimea in Sevastopol on Wednesday.

These threats are also increasing due to "a significant influx of migrants, primarily to Sevastopol, and the setting up of ethnic organized criminal groups," he said.

"In the last two years alone, the criminal activities of more than 20 such groups have been suppressed," Patrushev said.