According to Mr. Kolesnikov, on the whole in Chechnya foreign mercenaries are hired more and more often and Russian law enforcement bodies are fighting against international terrorism there.
Mr. Kolesnikov noted that despite losses, the bandit leaders in Chechnya have a "stable system." "Their actions depend directly upon foreign financing," he added.
Mr. Kolenikov went on to point out that the gang leaders are "motivated by financial and material interests, whereas it is characteristic that their subordinates, religious fanatics, who execute the terrorist acts have religious motives." Mr. Kolesnikov believes that in light of the new context in which the terror is unfolding it is possible to predict that the North Caucasus and Moscow will be the main hubs of criminal activity.
The deputy prosecutor general also stated that terrorists are aiming to get their hands on weapons of mass destruction, in view of which it is essential to pay serious attention to ensuring the security of nuclear energy stations and similar objects.
Because special purpose units reduce expenses and save lives, Mr. Kolesnikov is of the opinion that this is the most effective method of fighting organized crime and terrorism.