26 March 2020, 19:27
Case of leader of Aum Shinrikyo group in Russia sent to prosecutor
Moscow, March 26, Interfax - Investigators have completed the investigation of and sent to prosecutors the case against Mikhail Ustyantsev, leader of the Russian group of the terrorist community Aum Shinrikyo [banned in Russia], Russian Investigative Committee spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko said.
"According to investigators, Ustyantsev led the Russian structural division of the terrorist community Aum Shinrikyo, whose activities have been banned under a Russian Supreme Court ruling, in the period between 2010 and April 2018," Petrenko told Interfax on Thursday.
The Investigative Committee found that Ustyantsev had organized the circulation among residents of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Volgograd of a religious doctrine "encouraging regular adepts to give him money, which he passed to the Japanese leaders of the terrorist community Aum Shinrikyo, thus financing terrorism."
"In cooperation with the Russian Federal Security Service, Ustyantsev's illegal activities were stopped on May 1, 2018, when he organized another meeting of Aum Shinrikyo adepts. The court granted investigators' motion and took Ustyantsev into custody," Petrenko said.
The investigators collected enough evidence, and the criminal case was sent to the prosecutor for a decision to be made on approving the indictment, she said.
Ustyantsev is charged with creating a terrorist community, organizing the activities of a terrorist organization, creating a religious or public association whose activities involve violence against citizens or other infliction of harm to their health, as well as leading such an association.
"Ustyantsev's accomplices have been placed on the wanted list," Petrenko said.