International terrorists create charities in order to obtain funding disguised as charitable donations, Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said.
“The problem of funding terrorist activity under the guise of humanitarian aid remains critical. International terrorist organizations actively create various charitable foundations through which the collection of funds is performed under the guise of donations. Meanwhile, donors are not aware of the true purpose of their charity,” he said at an international conference in the framework of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly on Thursday.
According to the FSB chief, illegal trading in weapons and cultural goods, human trafficking, piracy, extortion, kidnapping and illegal migration remain among top sources of financing terrorism. Cryptocurrencies and digital wallets which provide terrorists with anonymity have also begun to be widely used among them.
Over the past year, there has also been a marked increase in the production of various types of drugs, especially synthetic ones, as well as in drug trafficking directly linked to members of international terrorist organizations.
Terrorists eye on weaker nations
Terrorists focus their efforts on countries where the authorities are weak, the director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov told the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly.
“The terrorists focus special efforts on those countries where the legitimate authorities were earlier considerably weakened or in fact eliminated, in some cases as a result of direct foreign intervention,” he said.
Bortnikov said that in Syria the combat potential of the terrorist organization Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) had been considerably undermined with Russia’s support and its organizational structure and supply channels eliminated.
“The bandits were forced to curtail open confrontation to opt for sabotage. Their attacks against the facilities of government forces are a daily occurrence. Former Islamists who have agreed to surrender to the authorities and members of their families become their victims ever more often,” Bortnikov said. He added that a complicated situation had taken shape in Iraq, where terrorist groups, incorporating militants being forced out of Syria, were using guerilla warfare tactics and committing large-scale terrorist attacks.