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Security services' increased anti-terrorism effort likely to decrease risks of successful attacks in Russia

12 December 2017


On 12 December 2017, Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service (Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti; FSB) said that it had foiled a terrorist attack planned for the New Year celebrations in Moscow.

According to Bortnikov, on 11 December in the Moscow region the FSB detained three nationals of undisclosed Central Asian states, allegedly linked to the Islamic State, who had been preparing terrorism attacks, including suicide missions, for the period of the New Year festivities in the Russian capital. The FSB reportedly seized crude IEDs, explosives, small-arms and ammunition during the detentions. Bortnikov claimed that since the start of 2017, the FSB prevented 61 unspecified terrorism-motivated crimes, including 18 intended attacks.

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