In Moscow prevented the impending New year attack

© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova in photobacteria FSB. Archival photoIn Moscow prevented the impending New year attack© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova the image Bank

FSB prevented the terrorist attacks that was being planned in Moscow during the Christmas holidays and during the presidential campaign. This was stated by the head of Department and Chairman of the National antiterrorist Committee, Alexander Bortnikov.

The attack on New year’s

On the eve of the Moscow region, special services stopped activity of criminal group which prepared these attacks. It consisted of natives of Central Asia. They had intended to make an attack, including with the participation of suicide bombers.

Terrorists have seized improvised explosive devices, firearms and ammunition. The FSB also eliminated the «laboratory for the manufacture of tools of terror,» said Bortnikov at the meeting of the NAC.

Led this group, as liquidated earlier in the Stavropol cell from abroad — leaders of the «Islamic state»*.

FSB reported for the year

  • The security services have prevented 18 major attacks
  • Found 56 «conspiratorial terrorist cell».
  • Eliminated 78 of the bandits and their accomplices, and arrested more than a thousand people.
  • Not allowed to get more than 17.5 thousand foreign nationals suspected of involvement in terrorism.
  • Not allowed to travel abroad more than 80 persons, who were going to fight on the side of the militants.
  • Prevented attacks during the confederations Cup
  • Stopped over two thousand terrorist and extremist Internet resources

The threat from the Middle East

The FSB Director said that after the liberation of Syria from the militants, the real danger is the return to Russia of former members of armed gangs.

There is a risk that they can enter «part of armed groups, clandestine cells and participate in shaping their posobnitsey base and recruiting new militants,» he added.

According to Bortnikov, the leaders of the international groups are trying «to create pockets of» terrorists in various Russian regions.

*A terrorist group banned in Russia.