2019-09-17 18:06:00

Seventeen clandestine ISIL cells uncovered in Russia in 2019

Moscow, September 17, Interfax - Russia's Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB) have together uncovered 17 clandestine cells of Islamic State (ISIL, banned in Russia) in Russian regions this year, the director of the Interior Ministry's department for the fight against extremism, Maj. Gen. of Police Oleg Ilyinykh, said.

"In 2019 alone, officers of the FSB and the Interior Ministry of Russia prevented the activities of clandestine ISIL cells during joint operations in the Krasnodar, Stavropol, and Krasnoyarsk territories; Moscow; the Astrakhan, Vladimir, Moscow, Rostov, Samara, Saratov, and Tyumen regions; the republics of Dagestan, Adygeya, Kabardino-Balkaria, and Chechnya; and the Khanty-Mansiisk and Yamal-Nenets autonomous districts," Ilyinykh said in his article published in the Russian Police journal.

"For Russia, where Muslims make up one-sixth of its population and where a large number of immigrants from Central Asia work, these processes are extremely dangerous," he said.

Among their ultimate goals, terrorists proclaim "the establishment of a worldwide Islamic state - a caliphate, where the existence of secular society would be inherently impossible and where Sharia Law would replace the legal system," Ilyinykh said.