Moscow: three Islamic State supporters sentenced
Two Moscow workers were preparing attacks, the third one called for jihad on the Internet.
The Moscow District Military Court sentenced local workers Nurlan Makhsudov and Magomedkhabib Gadzhiev to 18 and 17 years in a strict regime penal colony respectively for organizing the activities of the IS (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation) and the illegal acquisition of weapons and explosives. According to the FSB, the extremists were going to set off bombs stuffed with nails in crowded places, the TV channel Moskva 24 reported.
The FSB officers confiscated self-made bombs, as well as two PM pistols and RGD-5 grenades, from the terrorists during a search in their homes. The security service found that the defendants contacted emissaries in Syria and planned explosions under their supervision. In Moscow, the brothers from Dagestan, Makhsudov and Gadzhiev, worked as guards at the construction site of a residential complex.
In addition to the two convicts, the officers uncovered two terrorist cells consisting of people from the North Caucasus. It was possible to detain all the members.
In August, the Moscow District Military Court sentenced Amirkhamz Khamidov, 31, to seven years in prison for calling for jihad in a Tajik chat room specially created to promote terrorist activities. On December 6, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation approved the verdict.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.