2017-04-18 11:24:00

Taxi driver arrested for recruiting would-be terrorists near St. Petersburg Central Mosque

St. Petersburg, April 18, Interfax - The St. Petersburg police have detained a man suspected of recruiting people to ISIL, a terrorist organization banned in Russia, and other radical cells, a knowledgeable source told Interfax on Tuesday.

Information about a group of recruiters operating in the city had been analyzed and verified since July 2015, he said.

"The driver of a major local taxi company was detained at his place of residence in St. Petersburg on Monday. The man born in 1978 was accused of getting acquainted with people near the Central Mosque on Kronverksky Avenue and encouraging them to join terrorist ranks," the source said.

A criminal case has been opened under Russian Criminal Code Article 205.1 Part 1 (facilitation of terrorist activities). The suspect has been arrested.

Interfax has yet to obtain official information related to the matter.