2015-12-22 18:06:00

ISIL fighter from Moscow faces criminal charges

Moscow, December 22, Interfax - A Moscow teenager is being probed on suspicion of involvement with ISIL, a terrorist organization banned in Russia, a law enforcement source told Interfax on Tuesday.

"At the beginning of this year, a police department in northern Moscow was contacted by a local resident who reported the disappearance of his 16-year-old son. It was established during the search that since December 2014 the teenager has posted pictures under fictitious names on one of the social networking websites, showing him against the backdrop of ISIL symbols, holding guns, surrounded by Arab-looking men," the source said.

The young user also regularly published material propagating terrorism and the ideas of radical Islam, he said.

"Specialists established that the photographs and texts are being posted from IP-addresses in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. The analysis of these tests leads to a conclusion that they had been written precisely by the missing person and that he is taking part in hostilities," the source said.

The teenager, who is a Georgian citizen, had lived in Moscow almost full-time before leaving in December 2014 for Turkey and then Syria, he said.

A criminal inquiry has been launched into his disappearance on the charge of "participating in an organization declared terrorist," and the young man is now wanted as a suspect in a very serious crime. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to five to ten years' imprisonment.