First suspects detained after attacks on Tatarstan spiritual leaders

Four suspects have been detained following Thursday's attacks on Tatarstan's Muslim spiritual leaders, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Friday.

"The first suspects in these crimes have already been detained," he said.

Those detained following the Thursday attacks on Tatarstan's Muslim spiritual leaders include the Idel-Hajj company director, the Vakf parish head and two local residents, Markin said.

 "The detained people include chairman of the Idel-Hajj company's board of directors Rustem Gataullin, 57, head of the Vakf parish Kazan resident Murat Galleyev, 39, resident of the republic's Vysokogorny district Airat Shakirov, 41, and resident of the republic's Laishev district Azat Gainutdinov, 31," he said.

The attack on Tatarstan mufti Ildus Faizov may have been due to his financial control over the Idel-Hajj organization that provided tours to Mecca for Muslims, according to Russian Investigative Committee.

"The main motive of the attack, according to investigators, was the victim's professional work, including ideological disagreements with the opponents," Markin said. "[After Faizov was elected Tatarstan's chief mufti] "he put the Idel-Hajj organization's financial flows under control."

This led to the mufti's conflict with the organization's leader, who threatened Faizov," Markin said.

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