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    According to the head of CIS ATC, terrorists jailed on criminal charges are busy recruiting "neophytes" while incarcerated.

    KRASNODAR (Sputnik) Terrorists jailed on criminal charges are busy recruiting "neophytes" in their places of incarceration, Andrey Novikov, the head of the Commonwealth of Independent States Anti-Terrorism Center (CIS ATC), told Sputnik in an interview.

    "[Terrorists] are not sleeping while they're in prison, as they usually serve as recruiters, ensuring the inflow of neophytes to international terrorist organizations," Novikov said.

    According to Novikov, as a result of the regular operation Tral-Antiterror carried out jointly with Kazakhstan and Belarus in 2017, 17 people wanted for terrorism, but already jailed for other criminal offenses, have been identified.

    The CIS ATC is a permanent specialized institution of the CIS, established in June 2000. The center provides for the coordination of activity of CIS bodies responsible for combating international terrorism and other acts of extremism.


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