17 June 2019, 11:30
Religion department editor of the Dagestani newspaper detained on suspicion of terrorism financing
Makhachkala, June 17, Interfax - The investigative bodies in Dagestan have opened a terrorism financing case against a journalist with the newspaper Chernovik, an informed source told Interfax.
"Abdulmumim Gadzhiyev, department editor of the newspaper Chernovik, has been detained on suspicion of terrorism financing. He was taken to the investigative directorate of the Investigative Committee's department for the republic. His residence has been searched," the source said.
Abubakar Rizvanov and Kemal Tambiyev were also detained, the source said. "Tambiyev was detained in Moscow, he should be taken to Dagestan in the near future," the source said.
The three detainees are charged with participation in a terrorist organization and terrorism financing.
The source also said Rizvanov has a conviction for abetting terrorism and he walked free last year.
"Rizvanov headed the charity foundation Ansar. He collected money that he later sent to militants abroad. Rizvanov was sentenced to three years in a penal colony for that and he walked free in September 2018. After his release, he resumed his criminal activities and the law enforcement officers who worked on his case managed to reach Gadzhiyev and Tambiyev," the source said.
When Rizvanov was head of the foundation Ansar, which is now closed, he sent the raised money to Abu-Umar Sasitlinsky, whose real name is Israil Akhmednabiyev, the source sad. Akhmednabiyev is helping terrorists in Syria under the cover of public projects in African countries. "Akhmednabiyev is hiding from the Russian justice system abroad," the source said.
Interfax currently does not have comments from the law enforcement agencies on this matter.
In the meantime, Chernovik compared the situation with Gadzhiyev to the detention of journalist Ivan Golunov in Moscow.
"They are trying to file an absurd charge, extremism financing, against Abdulmumim Gadzhiyev, editor of the Religion department of the Dagestani newspaper Chernovik," the paper reported.
"It's approximately the same thing as the planting of drugs on Ivan Golunov in Moscow. Abdulmumim Gadzhiyev is one of the oldest employees of Chernovik and his articles on religious issues have always been positively received by readers and were broadly discussed," the paper reported on its website.