One of the most important aviation companies in Russia, which produces including the famous Tu-160 prevented an attempted terrorist attack. At least, this event is reported, the Ministry of internal Affairs of Tatarstan. It seems that we are talking about a terrorist group associated with the current Syrian jihadists.
Summing up the work of the Ministry in the past year at the Board meeting on Wednesday, interior Minister of Tatarstan Artem ceremony was attended stated that “was suppressed the activity of the group, with the aim of committing terrorist acts on the territory of Tatarstan, the main object was the Kazan aviation plant”.
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“The damage from a successful attack would be very significant, with serious consequences that could paralyze the work of not only the company but many important areas”
The interior Ministry of Tatarstan the newspaper OPINION did not disclose details of the case about the attempt to commit terrorist acts on the territory of the aviation company, saying that he will not be the issue in the media in a different volume than it was in the Minister’s report. Refused to comment on the words of the interior Minister and the company.
“Probably Artem ceremony was attended, speaking about the identified group of radicals who planned the attack on the KAPO n. a. S. Gorbunov, had in mind the arrest in October 2016, a resident of Kazan Robert sahieva, which a lot of the press wrote, – commented the newspaper VIEW, the Kazan scholar, the expert of Institute of national strategy, Rais Suleymanov. – As it was reported, Sakhiyev corresponded with his supporters, who were in Syria on “Jihad”, then decided to organize a terrorist attack on one of the aircraft factories of Kazan. He made an improvised explosive device, tested it in a deserted place, but was detected and arrested. Since the Minister says about the group, probably Sakhiyev did not act alone, but with accomplices”.
Is that for the last three years in Tatarstan have not been terrorist attacks, in contrast to the rapid in the period 2010-2013, the expert sees “the merit of both security forces and clergy, society, and government agencies”.
“Believe me, from all sides there is General agreement that non-traditional Islam is a threat, says Suleymanov. – Part of the Salafi imams from Tatarstan have left or lost their jobs. It happened quietly and without fuss. A significant role in the decline of terrorist activity in Tatarstan plays and the fact that those who morally was ready to take up arms, for the most part left the territory of the Republic by going on a “Jihad” in Syria. Some of them have already died, those who returned immediately detained and convicted, these cases were in the years 2014-2016″.
The Islamic scholar underscored that the Tatarstan security officials understand the problem of Islamic radicalism, and know how to counter it.
Muslims left alone with the Islamists
Not so optimistic about the spread of Islam in Tatarstan, the orientalist, President of the Information analytical center “Religion and society” Alexey Grishin, as he told the newspaper VIEW.
“Despite the remarkable progress in the fight against Islam in Tatarstan, a significant part of the local Muftiate (the Spiritual administration of Muslims of the Republic of Tatarstan – approx. OPINION) are either open or secret adherents of Wahhabism, – the expert believes. – This ideology is actively distributed in the TRANS-Kama region, on the territories bordering on Bashkiria, in the South and South-East of the Republic. There are allowed public debate that there are “moderate Wahhabis”, with which you can engage in dialogue, and they have the right to openly profess their views. From there, if you look at the statistics of arrests, the greatest number of people sent to fight in Syria or Iraq.”
Grishin am sure that replacing the wounded terrorists in 2012, the mufti of Tatarstan Ildus Fayzova Kamil Samigullin was to pursue a policy with an eye to the extremists, not go against them “with open visor”, on the contrary, he tries to appease them, acting as a diplomat.
“He was forced to act because the state had not supported him, – the orientalist. – We have the interior Ministry is not guarding the traditional Muslim clergy did not do so even on a paid basis. I believe that in Russia in General and Tatarstan in particular, the government has missed an important area of work with the Muslim population, leaving him essentially alone with the radicals. Due to the lack of qualified specialists in this field in the Federal government.”
Wanted to paralyze the work of the strategic directions
However, when the alarming situation in Tatarstan, the local security forces managed to stop the attempt to organize terrorist attacks at the Kazan aviation plant. It should be noted that this company occupies a special place in the system of Russian military-industrial complex, fulfilling orders for videoconferencing and the defense Department.
In particular, last Friday the management of the enterprise reported to the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu about the readiness to proceed to the serial production of strategic bombers Tu-160M2, noting that the first such missile is already in the construction phase. At the moment the factory is the delivery of needed components for assembling these machines. Also, representatives of the company said that soon will give the war Department the Tu-214ON, which is used in the framework of the international contract “the open sky”.
In addition, the Kazan plant carries out repair and modernization of strategic bombers Tu-160 long-range bombers Tu-22M3, and also produces the Tu-214 in various versions.
“Apparently, the regime of counter-intelligence at the Kazan aviation plant is built correctly, the agent-operational work is carried out correctly, which revealed the intentions of terrorists at an early stage of preparation of their criminal intent – shared own vision of the situation with the newspaper OPINION of major-General of the FSS reserve, member of the Council on foreign and defense policy of Russia Alexander Mikhailov. – Of course, such companies, especially the shop, which produces such a strategically important technology, are the object of special attention and action of both external enemies – the representatives of other States and domestic terrorist organizations. And the damage from a successful attack would be very significant, with serious consequences that could paralyze the work of not only the company but many important areas. Therefore, all efforts of the state aimed at preserving the secrecy of such facilities and ensuring their safety. Typically, this function share as the bodies own safety of such enterprises, and the interior Ministry and the FSB.”
Mikhailov suggested that persons intending to commit a terrorist attack at the Kazan aviation plant, or got a job there specifically to make the attack, or it was the specialists of the enterprise, recruited by the terrorists.
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