2015-12-08 10:52:00

Moscow court sentences Islamist to four years in penitentiary

Moscow, December 8, Interfax - The Moscow Lefortovsky Court has sentenced a Russian national who fought for the opposition in Syria to four years in a penitentiary, court press secretary Yulia Skotnikova told Interfax on Tuesday.

"Russian citizen Tural Asvar-ogly Ragimov was found guilty under Part 2, Article 208 of the Russian Criminal Code [involvement in an illegal armed unit in the territory of a foreign state]. A sentence of four years in a general penitentiary was handed down," Skotnikova said.

The defendant went to Syria in 2013 with the purpose of fighting for the opposition, she said. According to materials in the proceeding, the defendant was a follower of radical Islam.

The sentence took effect in August 2015.

An informed source told Interfax on December 2 that over 150 Russians who had been fighting for the opposition or for terrorist organizations in Syria were convicted this year.