Russia’s regional and global counterterrorism strategies

How Moscow’s vision of the new global order affects its approach to terrorism

Authored by: Mariya Y. Omelicheva

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815396710
eBook ISBN: 9781351181242
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351181242-26

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Abstract

The struggle against international terrorism has been declared among Russia’s chief foreign policy and national security goals. The 2000 National Security Concept of the Russian Federation signed by then Acting President Vladimir Putin asserted that international terrorism was waging an open campaign to destabilise Russia (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, 2000). Traditionally, the threat of international terrorism has been identified with insurgent and militant activities on the southern border of the former Soviet Union. Russia has viewed Afghanistan as a source of destabilisation in Central Asia and warned about Islamist groups exploiting these countries’ ethnic, sectarian and other fault lines to spread insurgency to this volatile region. Georgia’s tumultuous territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia were named as the breeding grounds of extremism, and safe havens for the training camps of terrorist organisations.

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