Moscow, July 23, Interfax - More than 20 members of the terrorist organization Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, banned in Russia, who were involved in recruiting people and sending them to areas of hostilities, as well as financing militants in Syria, have been detained during a large-scale interregional operation, the press center for the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) told Interfax on Thursday.
"Officers of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation together with units of the Interior Ministry and the Federal Service of National Guard Troops dismantled the activities of an interregional structure of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan international terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia by a Supreme Court ruling in 2003) during a special operation conducted in Moscow, Novosibirsk, and the Krasnoyarsk Territory. Twenty-two people, including its leaders and ordinary members, were detained," the FSB press center said.
Members of the cell called for terrorism-related crimes, recruited and sent new members to areas of hostilities, and financed the terrorist organization's members in Syria, it said.
Prohibited religious literature, propaganda videos, and forged passports which were being used by them in their unlawful activities were seized during the detention operation, the press center said.