Russia Muslim Cleric Hate
Imam arrested in Russia’s south-west planned to set up radical religious cell
Russian Politics & Diplomacy
December 31, 2015
MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. An imam arrested in the city of Belgorod
in Russia’s south-west allegedly had plans to create a radical
religious cell, source familiar with the reasons for his detention told
TASS. According to the unnamed source, during the search in the house
of worship security officers seized extremist literature, in addition
to weapons and explosives.
"Leader of the Peace and Creation religious organization Faizullah
Ismailov, an adherent of Salafism (radical branch of Islam), planned to
create a Salafi cell in Belgorod," the source said. "During the
searches in the house of worship, plenty of extremist literature was
seized, in addition to weapons, including of the Hizb ut-Tahrir
al-Islam international terrorist group outlawed in Russia." According
to the prosecutor’s office, "during Islamilov’s detention in his office
in the house of worship on December 12 FSB officers discovered an
automatic pistol, a handgun, three ball cartridges, a fragmentation
hand grenade, a fusee for hand grenades and 737 grams of TNT."
According to the source, the organization’s book contains the name of
Alexei Pashentsev (Abdul Malik al-Rusi), one of the leaders of the
Dagestani criminal underworld, who was actively involved in organizing
and carrying out terrorist attacks in Volgograd (in southern Russia).
He was killed in February 2014. The source noted that some of the
parishioners of the Belgorod mosque whose spiritual leader Ismailov is
take part in the armed conflict in Syria on the side of the Islamic
State (IS terrorist group outlawed in Russia).
Imam Who Possessed Weapons Detained in Russia's South-West
The Moscow Times
Dec. 15 2015
A local mosque imam was detained in Belgorod, a south-western Russian
city, on Saturday, local law enforcing institutions source said, state
news agency TASS reported Tuesday.
The imam was detained by Federal Security Service officers at his
apartment, where multiple weapons and explosives had been discovered,
Officials from regional FSB and police officers declined to comment on the detention, TASS said.
In October, FSB reported that intelligence agents had detained at least
20 members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist organization banned in Russia
as a “terrorist” group organization, in the Moscow region.
Earlier in October, 10 people from Central Asia were arrested in Moscow
and the surrounding region, on suspicion of involvement with the
Islamic State terror organization, media reported.
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