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International Conference on Informational Counteraction to Terrorism and Extremism in Contemporary Conditions (10 February, Crocus-EXPO, Moscow)

10 February 2015

CIS Anti-Terrorism Center will conduct an International Conference on Informational Counteraction to Terrorism and Extremism in Contemporary Conditions on 10 February. The event is held within the framework of the XX anniversary International Forum "Security and Safety Technologies-2015" organized under the auspices of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.

Representatives of the security agencies and special services of 10 CIS member-states (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), CIS statutory institutions and bodies of branch cooperation (CIS Executive Committee, Council of the Ministers of Defense, Council of the Commanders of the Border Forces, Office for the Coordination of the Fight Against Organized Crime), regional organizations (CSTO, SCO, CARICC), Ministry of Interior and Investigation Committee of Russia are among the Conference's participants. Experts of the scientific-research and public institutions (Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, Institute of the Middle East, Institute of Oriental Studies, Kaspersky Laboratory), representatives of the Commonwealth government authorities and mass media were invited to take part in the event.

The Head of CIS ATC Colonel General of Police Andrey Novikov opened the Conference by noting that discussion of the "cyberwar" problems was conditioned by common tendency of the Commonwealth states to form efficient streams of informational counteraction to terrorism and extremism not just by executive authorities, including law-enforcement structures and special services, but with use of resources of mass media, civil society institutes and international organizations.

According to him, the demand for efficient information mechanism of counteraction to terrorism and extremism is dictated by complex international situation created in variable parts of the world, which definitely cannot but influence the situation inside the Commonwealth member-states.

"The main "providers" of terrorist and extremist threats to the CIS member-states are international terrorist organizations operating from the territory of Afghanistan and some other Middle East states and controlling vast areas and numerous population. The proximity of this arc of instability to our outer borders poses a real threat of export of tension and related socio-political upheavals to the Commonwealth member-states. The range of such threats is quite wide: from mass return to native countries of fighters from local population, who gained rich experience of terrorist and sabotage activity, up to expansion of illegal spread in the CIS states of extremist ideas and materials, firearms and ammunition, as well as drugs", the Head of CIS Anti-Terrorism Center highlighted.

"It is widely known that citizens of the countries which appeared in the post-Soviet space are noted among the participants of "color revolutions" in the Middle East. Today the CIS ATC keeps records in its Specialized data bank of the individuals - citizens of the Commonwealth who participate and participated in armed hostilities along terrorist, extremist organizations and illegal armed groups outside the CIS.

The outreach of terrorist and extremist organizations which resort to information-communication technologies together with traditional influence techniques remains the main way of their engagement into terrorist activity.

The noted external factors along with the mentioned outside manipulation of sentiment of the people, who due to some reasons found themselves in difficult economic or complex psychological situation, form breeding grounds both for distribution of political, religious and other extremism and for maturation of protest sentiments and counteraction to the government policy in the CIS member-states".

According to the CIS ATC Head, informational counteraction to terrorism currently becomes one of the topical issues in solving the global task of informational security discussed in the UN, OSCE, APEC, ASEAN and other international organizations. "The items on agenda of the today's Conference, including legal regulation of activity of state government bodies in preventing posting and distribution of extremist and terrorist content in the Internet space and first of all in social networks; organization of work to identify and prevent distribution of such content are in the area of special attention of the competent authorities of the CIS member-states".

As a follow-up of the discussions, the Conference's participants are planning to adopt Recommendations to the authorized bodies and interested structures of the Commonwealth member-states in the sphere of informational counteraction to terrorism and extremism.

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