In Astrakhan Region, probe launched into assistance to terrorism

Upon materials obtained by the Federal Security Service of Russia, the Astrakhan Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia has launched a probe into a 32-year-old local citizen suspected of assisting in commission of crimes of terroristic nature in a form of financing terrorism (Part 1 of Article 205.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia) in the interests of the international terroristic organization ISIS (banned in Russia).

According to the investigation, the citizen of Kamyzyaksky District of Astrakhan Region had been one of the organizers of a conspired unit of the international terroristic organization ISIS that had collected money for financing activities of this organization in Moscow, Astrakhan, Tomsk, and a number of subjects of North Caucasian federal district. From 2016 until now, the woman had placed bank card requisites for money collection in private chats using Telegram messenger and transferred the money to the founder of an Islamic fund banned in Russia. The total sum of collected money amounted to at least one million rubles.

Moreover, she had broadcast extremist audio materials in her Telegram channel.

In 2018, she had come to the attention of law enforcement agencies during an operation for suppression of activities of a criminal group suspected of financing terrorism and being involved in terrorist activities in Moscow and Tomsk Region. The organizers of the group have already been sentenced to many years of imprisonment.

During searches at her place of residence, the investigators seized mobile phones containing text and voice messages about money transfers for terrorist operatives and bank cards.

Operative footage

Official spokesperson for the Investigative Committee of Russia S. Petrenko