2020-02-25 11:02:00

Islamist from Donbass arrested in Kazan

Kazan, February 25, Interfax - A Ukrainian man, Ruslan Shirinov, accused of membership of Takfir wal-Hijra, an international extremist group banned in Russia, has been remanded in custody in the Russian city of Kazan.

"To select a restraining measure in the form of detention until April 18," the judge said.

The prosecutor had supported the investigator's request for arrest. The defense lawyer had requested a softer restraining measure, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courtroom.

According to the inquiry, the accused published extremist material on the VK social-networking website and carried out agitation. In August 2018 Shirinov and another cell member declared a "takfir" to an acquaintance (i.e. declaring him a non-believer), which according to the Takfir wal-Hijra ideology could lead to any form of physical punishment right up to death.

The accused said he was born in Donetsk and is a citizen of Ukraine. He arrived in Tatarstan as a migrant worker, did menial jobs at construction sites, lived in the Pestrechinsky District of the Tatarstan Republic. His Russian job license expires on February 28.

The accused told the court that he did not call for jihad and his activities were aimed at persuading non-believers.

It was reported that on February 20 security officers in Kazan arrested three suspected cell members of Takfir wal-Hijra.

Searches led to the seizure of several bladed weapons and religious literature.

One is the leader of a Jihadist cell, the other two are active members, the Federal Security Service said.

A criminal inquiry has been launched on the charges of organization and membership of an extremist organization.