EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia: Terrorism Grows From Economic Decline

Posted by Info on 25/03/2011

Interview with Alexei Filatov, Vice President of the International Association of Veterans of the Antiterrorism Alfa Group

The fight against terrorism entered a new stage on September 11, 2001, but people continue to die in terrorist attacks a decade on.
new phase started in Russia back in 1995, when it encountered a new form of terrorism after 200 militants seized about 2,000 hostages in a hospital in Budyonnovsk. The situation was completely different from anything covered by the approved policy and rules governing hostage release operations.The Budyonnovsk hostage crisis in 1995 was the first of its kind. No one in power was prepared to assume responsibility for the possible deaths of innocent civilians. It was a watershed moment that marked a new stage in and a new approach to the fight against terrorism.

But the number of terrorist attacks has not decreased. On the contrary, it has grown, especially recently.

We, in Russia, are waging a war on terror, although no one has admitted this openly. We neutralize and kill terrorists, and they repay us in kind, by killing innocent civilians. This is a war, but when we report that we have detained or disarmed somebody, found a weapons cache, or killed someone on the federal wanted list, people take it for granted.

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