05 November 2013, 12:54
Radical Islamic organization's recruiter detained in Moscow Region
Moscow, November 5, Interfax - A member of the Al Takfir wal-Hijra radical group has been detained in Balashikha, Moscow Region, on suspicion of recruiting young women for his organization, a Russian Interior Ministry spokesman said.
"Officers of the Russian Interior Ministry's Main Department in the Central Federal District and the Federal Security Service have detained a member of the Al Takfir wal-Hijra radical group in the capital city on counts of narcotics possession and illegal possession of firearms," he told Interfax on Tuesday.
He said the 31-year-old man, who was born in Ukraine and naturalized in Russia, was recruiting young women for the radical group.
"The police learned that the suspect had recruited four young women. He met them on the streets of Moscow and on social networking sites," the spokesman said.
The man was looking for modest, quiet and shy girls, won their trust, lured them into common-law marriage and persuaded them to convert to his religion, which is Islam, he said.
"Notably, three young women, who had been identified by the police and the Federal Security Service, refused to return to their parents but continued to live with a radical Islam community. Only one woman chose to go home after the police had spoken to her and opened her eyes to the reality of her situation," he said.
The Russian Supreme Court banned Al Takfir wal-Hijra as an extremist group in Russia in September 2010. The group was trying to incite inter-ethnic and inter-religious feuds.