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Russia: 10 Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan citizens arrested in St. Petersburg for recruiting terrorists

19.04.2017 16:01 msk


Ten Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan citizens were arrested in St. Petersburg for two months of detention on suspicion of recruiting terrorists. Eight of them were taken into custody on 7 April, another two - on 15 April. Everyone is charged under part 1 of clause 205.1 (‘Assistance to terrorist activities’) of the Russian Criminal Code. Imprisonment for a term of five to ten years and a fine of up to five hundred thousand Russian rubles is provided under this clause.

According to the press service of the Oktyabrsky District Court of St. Petersburg citizens of Uzbekistan Jurabek Muratov and Feruz Inakov, Kyrgyzstan citizens Bakhodir Madrahimov, Shuhrat Satymbayev, Atabek Rustamov, Azizbek Rustamov, Oybek Uulu Islambek, Iskander Nurbayev, Aijigit Aitmatov will be detained until 4 June. Another Kyrgyzstan citizen Obid Abdyraimov was arrested until 13 June.

‘The main activities [of the detainees] - recruiting individuals to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia, in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad oblast in particular, or to Syria for participation in combating on the side of the Islamic State,’ read the judge of the Oktyabrsky District Court Irina Kerro.

The Investigative Committee of Russia notes that they have nothing to do with the explosion committed on 3 April by a suicide bomber in the St. Petersburg metro.

As the ‘Fontanka.Ru’ reports, the criminal case on the recruitment of terrorists (under clause 205.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia) in St. Petersburg was opened on 4 April. ‘While the version about the suicide bomber Akbar Jalilov was thrown into the press, the operatives of the "E" Centre and the state security services hastened the implementation of long-planned arrests,’ the newspaper writes. According to this report this network of recruiters in the Islamic State (as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh is banned in Russia as a terrorist organisation) had been known to the operatives, but its exposure was planned in a few days.

The operatives found out that certain interest groups were created mainly in Whatsapp and Viber instant messengers. Recruiters discuss non-prohibited materials firstly, then raise the topic of jihad, crushing the fact that Muslims perish in Syria, and it would be nice to swear an oath of loyalty to the IS and go to Syria to war against the infidels.

‘I think the attack on Syria was unfair. I support the "Islamic state". I decided to recruit supporters among the Muslims here in St. Petersburg’, ‘ Fontanka.Ru’ quotes Uulu Islambek Oybek. He admitted that he had received money from abroad, and tried to merge with the crowd. For example he shaved his beard – ‘not to cause aggression from people’.

Almost all the arrested people visited the inconspicuous mosque on Moskovsky avenue and only occasionally went to the Cathedral, on the Petrograd side. According to the Investigative Committee of Russia, the active phase of recruitment lasted a year and a half.

16 people have been detained in criminal cases at present under clauses 205 (‘Terrorism’) and 205.1 of the Criminal Code of Russian (‘Assistance to terrorist activities’). Eight of them are suspected of complicity with the alleged suicide bomber Kyrgyzstan citizen Akbarjon Jalilov.

Fergana International News Agency