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“Discredit the actions of local authorities”: the Security Council of the Russian Federation announced the activation of terrorists on the Internet during a pandemic

Terrorists are more active on the Internet amid the coronavirus pandemic. This was stated by the Deputy Secretary of the Security Council (SB) of the Russian Federation Yuri Kokov. He noted that this process entails an expansion of the social base of the radicals.

Terrorists, amid the coronavirus pandemic, are trying to use people infected with the coronavirus to infect the civilian population. Deputy Secretary of the Security Council (SB) of the Russian Federation Yuri Kokov told about this in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

“Such actions, for example, were revealed by the Indian special services. In turn, local extremists were arrested in Tunisia, who illegally entered the barracks of law enforcement officers in order to infect personnel, ”he said.

Kokov also noted that during the pandemic, terrorist organizations became active on the Internet.

“For example, through social networks, they began to discredit the actions of local authorities in the fight against the pandemic, to form the mood of confusion and uncertainty among the population,” he explained.

According to him, sociological studies conducted in the United States showed that during the period of mass self-isolation, there was a significant increase in the demand for extremist content on the Internet, especially among the youth.

“It is obvious that this process entails an expansion of the social base of radicals for extremist and terrorist purposes,” stressed the Deputy Secretary of the Security Council.

The situation with coronavirus in Russia

Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matvienko expressed confidence that a federal lockdown will not be introduced in Russia due to the spread of coronavirus infection.

“I am sure that there will be no federal lockdown. As for the constituent entities of the Federation, they take measures depending on the specific situation in each region, ”she said, recalling that the constituent entities of the Russian Federation have all the powers for this, as well as recommendations developed by Rospotrebnadzor.

In addition, Matvienko said that in Russia there is not and cannot be compulsory vaccination against COVID-19. The speaker of the Federation Council stressed that the decision on vaccination should be voluntary, and citizens should understand that vaccination is the only way to keep the further development of the pandemic. For this, according to Matvienko, it is necessary to conduct explanatory work with people.

“This should be done by doctors, doctors, it should be done by professionals, experts, so that people make a conscious decision. It seems to me that in Russia information on the development of COVID-19 is kept openly, honestly, we do not hide anything from the population – this is very important. People should understand what is happening and make decisions accordingly, ”she concluded.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, in turn, noted that the announcement of a lockdown is an absolutely undesirable scenario for any region. He explained that the priority is “targeted measures”, since a certain method has already been developed, and the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, according to their emergency powers, are taking measures to combat the pandemic, depending on how the epidemiological situation develops in their territories.

“The announcement of some lockdowns is an absolutely undesirable scenario for any of the regions,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

On October 4, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, announced that the trend of an increase in cases by 20 percent or more is observed in 12 regions of the country, and in general, the incidence of COVID-19 is growing in 67 constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

On Wednesday, the department noticed that there is not a single region in Russia where mass events with more than 3 thousand participants are allowed.

In particular, the vice-governor of St. Petersburg Boris Piotrovsky said that sports events in the city in October will be held with a 30% occupancy of the stands.

“The Federal Rospotrebnadzor has approved a 30% occupancy rate for Gazprom Arena, Sibur Arena, Ice Palace and Yubileiny in October,” Piotrovsky wrote on his Telegram channel.

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He clarified that spectators will be allowed to attend sports events with a QR code confirming vaccination, or if they have a document on the transferred COVID-19 disease.

Earlier, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced the fall increase in the incidence of coronavirus in the capital, noting that the indicators in the city are “two times lower than the peak values.”

At the same time, the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Irina Volk, said that in the capital in 2021, 75 criminal cases were initiated on the sale of fictitious certificates of negative results of PCR tests and the presence of contraindications to vaccination. 30 citizens were charged with these crimes. In addition, the department sent letters to Roskomnadzor to block more than 470 Internet resources that provide “services” for issuing fictitious certificates.

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