Southern District Court, Rostov-on-Don, 2019. Photo by Konstantin Volgin for the Caucasian Knot

09 November 2020, 13:26

Resident of Dagestan convicted of preparing terror act in temple

A court in Rostov-on-Don has sentenced Anvar Kasumov, a resident of Dagestan, who, according to the prosecution, was going to attach an improvised explosive device (IED) to a quadrocopter and blow up the police post guarding the Temple of the Kazan Icon of the God's Mother of in Kaspiysk, to 16 years in prison.

Kasumov has stated at the trial that he was innocent and had incriminated himself. The court, however, found him guilty of participating in the "Islamic State" (IS, a terrorist organization, banned in Russia by the court), illegal circulation of weapons, ammunition and explosive devices, as well as of the intention to create an armed grouping and encroach on lives of law enforcers. Kasumov was sentenced to 16 years in a high security colony; and he will have to spend the first three years in prison, a fine of 200,000 roubles, and restraint of liberty for two years after serving his sentence.

The "Caucasian Knot" has not yet received any comments from Kasumov or his official representatives regarding the verdict.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 9, 2020 at 01:27 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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