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    RUSSIA UNCOVERS MERELY ONE FOURTH OF TERRORISM CASES

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    MOSCOW, April 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russian law-enforcement bodies are now focused on prevention and uncovering of acts of terrorism, said Russian Deputy Prosecutor-General Sabir Kekhlerov. Speaking Tuesday at Duma hearings on a battle against terrorism, he admitted that there was no nation-wide content with the results of the effort to counter terrorism.

    "Merely one fourth of all crimes committed by terrorists are being exposed," said one of the top officials of the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office.

    He suggests improving the situation by introducing US-like strict control over all immigrants.

    Besides, the combat against terrorism should be joined by all government institutions, public and religious organisations and the mass media, asserts the Prosecutor-General's Office. There is yet no wide-spread awareness that terrorism cannot be uprooted by the law-enforcement bodies alone, added Mr. Kekhlerov.

    In his opinion, there is the need to toughen criminal responsibility for terrorism and for crimes accompanying it. The Russian Criminal Code does not enable an effective persecution of persons engaged in recruitment of terrorists and foreign mercenaries. "There is an abundance of such people on the territory of Chechnya," said Mr. Kekhlerov.

    This considered, he declared in favour of Russia's joining the UN Convention against Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries.

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