Law enforcement agencies in Russia’s St. Petersburg have detained a man, who is suspected of having recruited Tajik nationals to fight in Syria on the side of the Islamic State (terror group, outlawed in Russia), the Main Investigative Department of the Russian Investigative Committee told reporters on Monday.
A criminal case has been launched against the 32-year-old man, who is suspected of "inciting terrorist activity." The suspect was apprehended by investigators in an operation conducted jointly with the Interior Ministry’s Center for Combating Extremism and the Federal Security Service’s regional department with the National Guard’s assistance. Searches at his house are underway, TASS reports.
According to the investigators, the suspect, who lived in St. Petersburg, incited the activity of the Islamic State’s illegal armed group.
In November 2015, the suspect persuaded two Tajik nationals, born in 1990, to go to Syria and join the fighting on the IS terror group’s side. An investigation is ongoing.