Medvedev: militants may become more active before the election
In the pre-election period, the militants in the North Caucasus may become more active, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said, according to RIA Novosti.
"The New Year has a sufficient number of events. Most important political event of the year is presidential election in Russia. It is obvious that this event may cause different reactions. It is possible that during the election campaign the militants hiding in the Northern Caucasus may become more active", the Head of State said at the board of the FSB.
"Therefore, I demand to increase performance in this area during this time, to use all the operational capabilities of the service, all of those skills that were acquired in recent years. It is equally important to identify and prevent possible provocations of extremists", Medvedev said.
The President said that in 2011, the FSB officers prevented 94 terrorist crimes in Russia, including eight acts of terrorism, ITAR-TASS reported. "It's - saved lives", Medvedev stressed.
"We've achieved quite specific and quite tangible results. It's suffice to say that 94 terrorist crimes, including eight acts of terrorism, have been prevented. At the same time, it is not yet possible to dramatically reduce the number of such crimes", the President stated.