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Few countries have endured as many attacks of terrorism during the past two decades as has Russia. From bombings on the streets of a number of cities, to the disruption of pipelines in Dagestan, to the taking of hundreds of hostages at a cultural center in Moscow and at a school in Beslan, the Russian government has responded to many political and technical challenges to protect the population. The measures that have been undertaken to reduce vulnerabilities to terrorist attacks and to mitigate the consequences of attacks have been of widespread interest in many other countries as well.

In June 1999, the Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Sciences initiated an inter-academy program to jointly address common interests in the field of counter-terrorism. Four workshops were held from 2001 to 2007 and additional consultations were undertaken prior to and after the series of workshops. This report includes 35 of the Russian presentations during the workshop series. Collectively they provide a broad overview of activities that have been supported by Russian institutions.

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National Research Council. 2009. Russian Views on Countering Terrorism During Eight Years of Dialogue: Extracts from Proceedings of Four U.S.-Russian Workshops. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Papers from *High Impact Terrorism: Proceedings of a Russian-American Workshop* (2002) 1-2
Cooperation Among Ministries of Internal Affairs of CIS Member States in the Fight Against Terrorism and Other Manifestations of Extremism--Igor L. Dimitrov 3-8
Russian Legislation and the Struggle Against Terrorism--Mikhail P. Kireev 9-18
Selected Technologies and Procedures Intended to Restrict Unauthorized Access to Explosives--Bronislav V. Matseevich 19-22
Bioterrorism: A View from the Side--Oleg S. Morenkov 23-30
Electromagnetic Terrorism--Yury V. Parfyonov 31-34
Russian Legislation and the Fight Against Terrorism--Viktor E. Petrishchev 35-46
Could Terrorists Produce Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons?--Stanislav Rodionov 47-50
Problems of Biological Security in Agriculture--Georgy A. Safonov and Vladimir A. Gavrilov 51-60
International Centers as a Basis for Controlling Infectious Disease and Countering Bioterrorism--Lev S. Sandakhchiev, Sergey V. Netesov, Raisa A. Martynyuk 61-70
The Role of Internal Affairs Agencies in Efforts to Fight Terrorism Under High-Technology Conditions--Oleg A. Stepanov 71-78
Papers from *Terrorism - Reducing Vulnerabilities and Improving Responses: U.S.-Russian Workshop Proceedings* (2004) 79-80
Analysis of the Threats and Consequences of Terrorist Acts in Urban Settings: Outline of a Protection System--Vladimir Z. Dvorkin 81-92
Lessons Learned from the Nord-Ost Terrorist Attack in Moscow from the Standpoint of Russian Security and Law Enforcement Agencies--Yevgeny A. Kolesnikov 93-102
Technical Protection of Electronic Documents in Computer Systems--Valery A. Konyavsky 103-114
International Aspects of Creating a State System for Countering the Illegal Circulation of Radioactive Materials in the Russian Federation--Vladimir M. Kutsenko 115-118
Computer Security Training for Professional Specialists and Other Personnel Associated with Preventing and Responding to Computer Attacks--Anatoly A. Malyuk, Nikolai S. Pogozhin, and Aleksey I. Tolstoy 119-128
Medical Aspects of Combating Acts of Bioterrorism--Gennady G. Onishchenko 129-132
Certain Aspects Regarding the Development of Conditions Favorable to Cyberterrorism and the Main Areas of Cooperation in the Struggle Against It--Igor A. Sokolov and Vladimir I. Budzko 133-140
The Role of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Combating Terrorism in Urban Conditions--Sergey A. Starostin 141-152
The Role of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations and Executive Branch Agencies of the City of Moscow in Dealing with Emergency Situations Arising from Acts of Terrorism--Aleksandr M. Yeliseev 153-158
Papers from *Countering Urban Terrorism in Russia and the United States: Proceedings of a Workshop* (2006) 159-160
Unauthorized Use of Radiation Sources: Measures to Prevent Attacks and Mitigate Consequences--Leonid Bolshov, Rafael Arutyunyan, Elena Melikhova, and Oleg Pavlovsky 161-178
Special Characteristics of Firefighting in Urban Areas--Nikolay P. Kopylov 179-198
On the Events in Beslan--Gennady Kovalenko 199-214
Terrorist Acts in Moscow: Experience and Lessons in Eliminating Their Consequences--Aleksandr Yu. Kudrin 215-220
Methodology for Assessing the Risks of Terrorism--Nikolay A. Makhutov 221-236
Cybercrime and the Training of Specialists to Combat It in Russia--Nikolay V. Medvedev 237-246
On Efforts to Counter International Terrorism in the Russian Federation and Possible Areas of U.S.-Russian Cooperation in this Area--Valentin A. Sobolev 247-256
Efforts of Russian Ministries in Implementing Measures to Prevent Acts of Terrorism--Sergey G. Vasin 257-268
Papers from *Countering Terrorism - Biological Agents, Transportation Networks, and Energy Systems: Summary of a U.S.-Russian Workshop* (2009) 269-270
Electromagnetic Terrorism: Threat to the Security of the State Infrastructure--Vladimir Ye. Fortov and Yury V. Parfyonov 271-274
Use of Predictive Modeling Packages for Effective Emergency Management--Nikolai Petrovich Kopylov and Irek Ravilevich Khasanov 275-288
Organizational Measures and Decision Support Systems for Preventing and Responding to Terrorist Acts at Potentially Hazardous Facilities, on Transportation Systems, and in Locations Where Large Numbers of People Congregate--A. Yu. Kudrin, I. Zaporozhets, and S. A. Kachanov 289-296
International and National Priorities in Combating Terrorism in the Transportation Sector--Vladimir N. Lopatin 297-304
Characteristics of Technological Terrorism Scenarios and Impact Factors--Nikolai A. Makhutov, Vitaly P. Petrov, and Dmitry O. Reznikov 305-322
Emerging Viral Infections in the Asian Part of Russia--Sergei V. Netesov and Natalya A. Markovich 323-338
Activities of the Russian Federal Medical-Biological Agency Related to Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Security--Vladimir V. Romanov 339-342
The Problem of Oil and Natural Gas Pipeline Security--S. G. Serebryakov 343-352

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