Some 100 terrorism-linked crimes prevented in Russia in 2012 - FSB chief

Russian law enforcement agencies have prevented 100 or so terrorism-linked crimes and detained more than 600 militants and their accomplices this year, Alexander Bortnikov, National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) chairman and director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), said.

"Ninety-two terrorism-related crimes have been prevented in 2012. Several notorious gang leaders, involved in masterminding terrorist acts, have been neutralized," he said at a joint session of NAC and the Federal Operative Staff.

Over 600 militants and their accomplices, including 48 gang leaders, have been detained since the beginning of the year, Bortnikov said.

"All this helped us solve high-profile crimes such as the suicide bombing attacks on Moscow's Lubyanka and Park Kultury subway stations in 2010, Domodedovo Airport in 2011, and a traffic police station in Makhachkala this year," he said.

"In 2012, we continue observing a decline in the number of terrorism-linked crimes committed on Russian territory," Bortnikov said.

Commissions responsible for helping former militants and their accomplices return to a peaceful life are functioning in several North Caucasus republics today, he said.

"More than 60 people have already taken advantage of the opportunity of rehabilitation through these commissions," he added.

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