Detention of Georgy Guev, a native of North Ossetia. Screenshot of the video by TASS

16 May 2019, 21:21

Native of North Ossetia detained in case on IS financing

In Moscow, law enforcers detained Georgy Guev, a native of North Ossetia, who for four years transferred 50 million roubles to militants from the "Islamic State" (a terrorist organization banned in Russia by the court), the FSB reported.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that according to the law enforcement bodies, the network for the financial support of terrorists was organized by Akhmednabiev, also known as Abu Umar Sasitlinsky. Members of the grouping handed over the raised money to the militants "under the pretext of building mosques and helping low-income Muslims."

Abu Umar Sasitlinsky rejected his involvement in terrorist financing. Fundraising for terrorists under the pretext of charity was widespread in the past, but tight control over banking transactions and charitable foundations undermined the above mentioned practice, experts stated.

According to the FSB, since 2015, Georgy Guev transferred at least 50 million roubles to bank cards of Syrian militants. During a search conducted in his apartment, law enforcers found extremist literature and mobile phones with instructions from IS coordinators, the FSB reports.

The suspect faces punishment of up to life sentence.

The money transferred by the detainee was cashed abroad and sent "for the preparation of terror acts," the TASS reports.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on May 16, 2019 at 01:29 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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