MOSCOW, 6 May (BelTA) – Improving counter-terrorism efforts was considered at a plenary session of the Scientific and Advisory Council at the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center in Moscow on 5 May, BelTA learned from the ATC press bureau.
Head of the CIS ATC Colonel General Evgeny Sysoev pointed to the dynamically developing international situation and the changing security situation, which requires an adequate reflection of these changes in the system of measures taken by the CIS states in the field of countering terrorism and extremism, stepping up efforts in the field of scientific and methodological support.
"The meeting focused on the issues of improving the organizational and legal foundations of counter-terrorist activities in the CIS, increasing awareness, including of minors and youth, and also ways of countering the spread of the ideology of terrorism and extremism, the use of modern information and engineering solutions in criminal activities. The participants of the meeting noted that modern terrorism has a complex network structure, which creates the need for a comprehensive use of various branches of law (including civil, tax, migration, etc.) to counter it. There is also need to continuously improve the legal framework for counter-terrorist cooperation between the CIS member states which does not fully cover all existing areas of cooperation," the press bureau said.
The problem of countering the spread of radical ideology and the involvement of citizens in terrorist and extremist activities, including through the internet, remains relevant. In this regard, the participants of the meeting highlighted the importance of ensuring timely exchange of information on the forms and methods of illegal activities in the internet, good national practices to neutralize the information and propaganda impact of international terrorist organizations on the youth audience and the experience of the reintegration into society of persons convicted of committing terrorist and extremist crimes.
"The active development of information and communication technologies creates the conditions for expanding the use of artificial intelligence, including for illegal purposes. Among the potential threats are fake payment services and the digital transformation of mechanisms and channels for financing of terrorism," the ATC stressed.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the competent authorities and educational organizations of the CIS countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and also the CIS bodies, scientific and educational organizations and the executive bodies of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism.