The Russian security service – FSB detained six suspects who allegedly were collecting money for ISIS militants, it was reported on August 31st.
The special operation took place in Moscow, the Moscow region, Dagestan, the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug.
“Means of communication” and payment instruments were seized from the detainees. According to the investigation, they are associated with a criminal group whose members have already been convicted of financing militants in Syria.
The UK believes that the cell was in operation from 2016 to June 2017. During this time, its members have collected at least half a million rubles, including from persons involved in criminal cases on terrorism.
A case was initiated under the article “Assistance in terrorist activities”. It is not specified exactly when the arrests took place, but judging by the fact that the alleged criminals are not yet in the pre-trial detention center.
As FSB director Alexander Bortnikov reported in mid-June, nearly 160 terrorist attacks have been prevented in Russia over the past ten years, 43 in 2019, and more than 20 in 2020 alone.
A video of the arrest was published.
The FSB issues regular reports of its activities in detaining suspects who are either bankrolling or planning terrorist attacks affiliated with ISIS.
Earlier, on August 24th, the FSB detained in Tatarstan a member of the Islamic State organization, who was involved in its financing, as well as recruiting and transporting Russians and CIS citizens to Syria. As noted by the Nation News portal, the detainee was recruiting by order of the emissaries of an international terrorist organization.
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