Arrested terrorists propagate their radical religious views in prisons and thus recruit prisoners to enter their ranks, Police Colonel General, head of the CIS Anti-Terrorist Center Andrei Novikov said on October 5, RIA Novosti reports.
“While in the penal colonies, they also continue to act, and they tend to act as recruiters, ensuring the influx of newcomers into international terrorist organizations,” Novikov said.
The problem of recruitment of prisoners by terrorist organizations challenges not only Russia, and media has brought the issue into the spotlight multiple times. In August 2016, the President of the Veterans Association of the Alfa Antiterrorism Unit Sergei Goncharov in his interview to Zvezda radio station told about the problem of ISIL’s (organization banned in Russia) recruitment activity in prisons. “They are very organized, they are fanatically loyal to ISIL [organization banned in Russia – Rossa Primavera News Agency] or any other criminal organization to which they have sworn allegiance to. They form large spaces with heavy propaganda pouring on people that serve their sentence in one facility with terrorists. Naturally, by the time these people leave prison, they are ready terrorists. The problem exists, and the problem is very serious,” Sergei Goncharov said.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency