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Russians to Help Serbia Fight Cyber Crimes

Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said that Russian experts will help the Serbian police to combat online criminals.

Maja Zivanovic
BIRN
Belgrade

Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic. Photo: Beta/MUP.

Stefanovic told Politika newspaper on Tuesday that an agreement to get assistance from Moscow was reached during a meeting last month with Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

“We agreed that their [Russian] experts show our people how the Russian police are fighting organised crime and cybercrime, and how to fight illegal migration, but also drug trafficking,” Stefanovic said.

Russia has been accused of sponsoring and collaborating with cybercriminals in the past on issues of political and economic significance to Moscow, and of using hacking tactics in attempts to influence elections in the US and elsewhere in the West, although it has denied any wrongdoing. 

Stefanovic met Kolokoltsev in Moscow on August 29 and also discussed the possibility of police officers from Serbia helping their colleagues in Russia during the 2018 football World Cup.

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