Putin now fears a threat he helped create – 4,000 Russian citizens fighting for ISIS

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Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

Vladimir Putin told Russian military leaders yesterday that Moscow now estimates that there are some 4,000 Russian citizens and 5,000 citizens of other CIS countries fighting for ISIS in Syria and that in the event that they return home from the Middle East, they constitute a serious threat for Russia.

That is why defeating ISIS in Syria is so important, he suggested in what appears to be his latest effort to mobilize Russian public opinion behind his military actions there. But there are two facts that the Kremlin leader chose not to mention in the course of his remarks.

On the one hand, these new figures are significantly larger than the ones he and other senior Russian officials have given in the past. In October 2015, for example, Putin himself put the total number of ISIS fighters from Russia and the CIS state taken together at between 5,000 and 7,000.

The new figures suggest that Moscow has not stemmed the flow of its citizens into the ranks of the Islamic State. Indeed, its increasingly repressive anti-Muslim actions in the North Caucasus may have produced the exodus behind the new numbers.

And on the other hand, Putin did not acknowledge what more junior Russian officials have confirmed in the past. The Kremlin played a key role in the departure of many people from the North Caucasus into the ISIS ranks earlier when in order to avoid a possible terrorist incident at the Sochi Olympiad, the FSB actually encouraged and assisted radicals to leave the country.

That explains his continuing calls for a harsh even brutal and murderous Russian campaign in Syria: Moscow doesn’t want those it helped to go there to be able to come back alive, and it wants to hide its earlier role in helping Russian citizens to join the ISIS ranks by casting its effort now as simply part of an anti-terrorist campaign.

“All of this is a direct threat to Russia,” Putin said, “and our military personnel in Syria are first of all defending their own country. Our actions there are not dictated … by abstract geopolitical interests or the desire to train and test new arms systems.” Instead, they are about “blocking a threat” to Russia itself.


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  • Robert

    pootin’s gonna begin Fearing many more Threats he helped Create. He’s also gonna Feel the Strong Feedback from many more Threats he Single-Handedly Created! … Watch what happens, vlady…

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    The dwarf is now well and truly being hoisted with his own petard.

    • Mick Servian

      It wasn’t Putin that brought mujahedins into my village in Bosnia. It was the US.
      Nice piece of projection though.

  • Dirk Smith

    Anticipating the first terror attack on Old Arbat. LOL. Can’t wait……

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Chechens have already carried out several terror attacks in Dwarfstan including Moscow over the years. Kadyrov has pacified Chechnya……. for now. But it won’t last.

  • MichaelA

    but he isnt attacking isis
    when is he going to start?

  • Vol Ya

    putin helped create this monster. how fitting it would be if ISIS came back and bit him in the asse. karma can be a real bitche putin, you have it coming to you.

  • veth

    Putin admits he started ISIS.

  • zorbatheturk

    IS needs to crash a big jet into the Krumlin.

  • veth

    “We continue our fight”: Poroshenko vows continued support for Ukrainians in occupied Crimea President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the Ukrainian authorities would not leave without support the Ukrainians living in the occupied Crimea.

    14:30, 26 February 2017

    “Three years ago, Crimean residents went on a peaceful march to show their solidarity with Ukraine. The next day, the Russian Federation resorted to open aggression and seized the peninsula, taking hostage millions of people. We will not leave without support our fellow citizens living in Crimea, temporarily occupied by Russia,” he wrote on Facebook on the occasion of the third anniversary of the peaceful march in Crimea in support of Ukraine. Read also Poroshenko appoints envoy to represent Ukraine at ICJ hearings in suit against Russia He also noted that Ukraine has managed to ensure that at the highest international level, the United Nations, Russia is recognized as the occupation authority, responsible for gross violations of human rights in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. Read also Chubarov: Up to 20 Crimean Tatars detained in occupied Crimea on Tuesday “The entire civilized world knows that Crimea is Ukraine. We continue our fight,” said the president. Today, February 26, Kyiv will host a March of Solidarity with the Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and people of other nationalities, remaining under occupation.

    Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/1796237-we-continue-our-fight-poroshenko-vows-continued-support-for-ukrainians-in-occupied-crimea.html

  • Vlad Pufagtinenko

    How does that saying go??? The ISIS vermin that attack the Russian vermin are my friend? Something like that. A good news story.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      As long as they butcher each other!

    • Andrew Chmil

      works for me ….