7 Nov 2018 18:51

Special services should pay attention to merger of extremist groups seeking contacts with terrorists - Bortnikov

MOSCOW. Nov 7 (Interfax) - Several extremist groups are forming secret communities that seek to establish contacts with international terrorists, Russian Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov said.

"Special attention should be given to the tendency for several extremist groups to form secret communities, which seek to establish contacts with terrorists both inside and within inter-country 'cooperation,'" Bortnikov said at a meeting of the heads of the special services, security agencies and law enforcement agencies of foreign countries that are partners of the Russian Federal Security Service.

The purpose of such structures is to overthrow current political regimes and to come to power, he said.

"Young people are drawn to these structures, where they are subjected to heavy brainwashing, are trained to use terror methods using weapons and homemade explosive devices," Bortnikov said.