2021-02-16 15:19:00

FSB detain people suspected of financing ISIL under guise of donations to mosques in Crimea, Tatarstan

Moscow, February 16, Interfax - The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has said its operatives have detained several people in Crimea and Tatarstan suspected of financing the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIL) banned in Russia.

"The Russian Federal Security Service, acting in collaboration with Rosfinmonitoring [the Federal Financial Monitoring Service], curbed activities of Russian citizens in the republics of Crimea and Tatarstan aimed at financing the international terrorist organization Islamic State banned in the Russian Federation," the FSB press service said on Tuesday.

Said suspects "collected financial assets under the guise of charity through groups set up on the Internet to transfer them abroad for militants' needs from 2015 to 2019," it said.

The FSB did not say exactly how many people were detained in the case.

While searching the detainees' homes, operatives found and confiscated communication devices, computers, magnetic data storage devices, and other objects related to unlawful activities, it said.

A criminal case on a count of facilitation of terrorist activities has been opened, the FSB said.