FSB Director: Terrorist crime rate halves in Russia

Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov has reported a downward trend in the terrorist crime rate in Russia.

Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov has reported a downward trend in the terrorist crime rate in Russia.

"Coordinated enforcement and preventive measures have more than halved the number of terrorist crimes this year as compared to the relevant period of last year," Bortnikov said at a meeting of the National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) on Tuesday.

In accordance with a comprehensive plan for the suppression of terrorist ideology, Russia is taking measures towards the development and enforcement of mechanisms protecting national cyber-space and upgrading legislative, normative, organizational and other dimensions of propaganda and counter-propaganda in this field, he said.

The FSB director stressed that the antiterrorism fight in Russia remained intense. "Bandits have perpetrated 69 crimes, including 45 in Dagestan, killing 41 and injuring 125 officers of the law enforcement authorities," Bortnikov said.

The fatalities include officers who sacrificed their lives to stop a suicide bomber and prevent many deaths in Grozny on October 5, he said.

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