Khanty-Mansiysk, March 23, Interfax - Uncontrolled immigration has led to an increase in the activity of Islamic radicals and an increase in the number of their sleeper cells in the Urals, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said.
Patrushev spoke at a conference on the provision of national security in the Urals Federal District in Khanty-Mansiysk on Tuesday. The conference addressed additional measures in the provision of stability in interethnic and interreligious relations in the Urals.
Corruption in the authorities and local self-government bodies, pronounced income inequality, and mass immigration are factors that negatively influence interethnic relations, Patrushev said.
"Uncontrolled growth in labor migration, including from countries with a high level of terrorist activity, leads to the emergence of sleeper cells of radicalized Islamic organizations - at least 25 cells of the kind have been detected in the district since 2017, as well as hotbeds of tension in areas of their compact residence," Patrushev said.
More than a quarter of the 274,000 foreign citizens that live in the Urals Federal District are there in violation of immigration laws, and more than 2,500 crimes were perpetrated by immigrants last year alone, he said.