Novaya Gazeta correspondent detained in Moscow on suspicion of recruiting terrorists

Novaya Gazeta correspondent detained in Moscow on suspicion of recruiting terrorists
Ali Feruz

The editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, Dmitry Muratov, told RBC about the detention of correspondent Ali Feruz. According to him, the reason is the claims of the Uzbek special services.⁠

In Moscow the police detained Ali Feruz, a freelance correspondent for Novaya Gazeta, on suspicion of recruiting terrorists, RBC editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov said. Previously, Life reported about the detention of Feruz.

"He is detained by the police, but not at its own initiative. There are claims from the special services of Uzbekistan, from where he was forced to flee. I judge by his repeated official statements to the migration service, where he justified the need to obtain a residence permit," Muratov said.

The correspondent finished school in Altai, where his mother was born, Muratov asserts. According to him, Feruz is an invaluable employee of the publishing house, because he speaks the languages ​​spoken by migrants from Central Asia. "For a year or more of his work, he was constantly in front of our eyes, and there was little suspicion of any recruitment," the editor-in-chief added.

As Life writes, Feruz's real name is Khudoberdi Nurmatov, he was detained by the police while checking documents. According to the edition, law enforcement officers "found out that a man is an illegal immigrant and was made up of a protocol under the article “Illegal living and entry to the territory of Russia". In addition, Life reported, the police revealed that Feruz was "going through the case" about recruiting to At Takfir Val Hijra (the organization is banned in Russia) in 2007.

According to the source of Life, 30-year-old Tambov resident Alexey Nikitin, who was convicted under Article 205.1 (Involvement in Terrorist Activities), testified against the journalist. He allegedly pointed to the interrogation that it was Khudoberdi Nurmatov, who brought him to the extremist organization.

A representative of Novaya Gazeta, correspondent of the newspaper Nadezhda Prusenkova, told RBC that Feruz was detained by FSB agents. According to her, he was taken to the police station in the Presnensky district. Prusenkova notes that law enforcement agencies do not suspect him of recruiting terrorists. Feruz faces deportation to Uzbekistan, as the country's authorities accuse him of anti-government activities, Prusenkova said.

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