08 November 2016, 14:22
Islamic Jamaat ex-leader, aka 'Grandpa Nafis', arrested in Tatarstan
Kazan, November 8, Interfax - The Russian Federal Security Service's (FSB) department for the Republic of Tatarstan detained a resident of the town of Aznakayevo, Nafis Kalimullin, who tried to act as a go-between when transferring a bribe of 210,000 rubles.
The information available to the FSB's regional department indicates that Kalimullin previously was the leader of the Aznakayevo branch of the Islamic Jamaat terrorist group.
"He is currently under arrest," the FSB local branch said on Tuesday.
A criminal investigation has been launched against Kalimullin on a count of 'bribery mediation'.
"We are informing us that Kalimullin [aka 'Grandpa Nafis'] was previously the leader of the so-called Aznakayevo wing of the Islamic Jamaat terrorist group," it said.
In the 1990s, Kalimullin "was actively involved in recruiting young people to fight on the side of illegal armed units on the territory of the Chechen Republic," it said.
He also "established contact with the leaders of a Tatar ethnic separatist movement - the Kashapov brothers, Rafis and Nafis, residents of Naberezhnye Chelny," it said.
"In 1996 and 1998, he and these persons twice travelled to the Chechen Republic, where he personally met with militant leaders Shamil Basayev and Aslan Maskhadov," the FSB department said.
In November 2004, the Supreme Court of Tatarstan found Kalimullin guilty of plotting a terrorist act in Kazan during the city's millennium anniversary festivities. He was convicted on charges of 'terrorist act', "establishment of an illegal armed unit and participation in it' and 'illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation and possession of weapons, its key components and ammunition'.
He was sentenced to ten years in a high-security prison and was released in May 2014.
The FSB department for Tatarstan also said that, in particular, Kalimullin had stored the weapons used by the terrorist group's members in crimes, including a Makarov pistol, which, according to examination results, had been used to commit at least nine religious hatred-motivated murders of people from Naberezhnye Chelny and the republic's trans-Kama districts.