18 March 2016, 14:44
Leader of Krasnoyarsk ring which funded radical religious groups sentenced to 7.5 years
Krasnoyarsk, March 18, Interfax - The Krasnoyarsk Zheleznodorozhny District Court has passed a guilty verdict on Murat Gazgireyev, a 38-year-old native of Ingushetia who formed and led an ethnic gang linked to radical groups, the Federal Security Service department in the Krasnoyarsk Territory has said.
In the period from 2012 till May 2014, the Gazgireyev ring uniting radical Muslims was engaged in the illegal production of drugs and weapons, forgery of documents, extortion, illegal distribution of precious metals, credit fraud and assaults in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the operatives said.
"Some of the illegal revenues were given to Salafi radical religious groups operating in the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the North Caucasus," it said.
Gazgireyev was an activist of the Krasnoyarsk Salafi cell and a close acquaintance of its leader, Said-Hussein Yevloyev, convicted of terrorist crimes in August 2015 by the Moscow Military District Court.
Gazgireyev left the Krasnoyarsk Territory in May 2014 fearing criminal prosecution, and was put on the federal wanted list.
"The whereabouts of the criminal were established by joint efforts of the Russian Federal Security Service departments in the Republic of Bashkortostan and the Krasnoyarsk Territory. Gazgireyev was detained in Ufa and transferred to Krasnoyarsk in May of last year," the report said.
He was previously convicted of assault and robbery, drug trafficking and abductions.
The court considered the criminal case on the counts of assault and robbery, illegal acquisition, transfer, distribution, storage and carrying of weapons, explosives and explosive devices, and sentenced Gazgireyev to 7.5 years in a maximum-security penitentiary.