Circling the Lion's Den

National Antiterrorist Committee, the NAK

Chairman Alexander Bortnikov

Chief or the apparatus Vladimir Kulishov

On March 6, 2006, The Law on Counteraction of Terrorism is signed by the president Vladimir Putin. According to the law, the FSB is named as the chief body to combat terrorism and the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) is established. A high-level interdepartmental agency headed by the FSB director, the NAK is tasked with coordinating the security services antiterrorist activities.

The Committee was headed by Nikolai Patrushev, director of FSB. The staff of NAK consists of 300 agents of the FSB central apparatus and 7 FSO agents. Within the framework of this committee, federal and regional operational staffs were created which were to take control in the case of terrorist attack or seizing of hostages. According to presidential edict, operational staffs in the regions are headed by chiefs of territorial divisions of FSB. GrOUs, created as a result of reforms of 2004, became part of regional operational staffs.