The Russian Federal Security Service's (FSB) branch for the Lipetsk region is conducting a criminal investigation against a Russian citizen who is suspected of illegally taking part in hostilities in a foreign country, the regional Prosecutor's Office said in a press release on Monday.
The man has been accused of fighting along with a banned armed group in a foreign country and participating in hostilities abroad pursuing the goals that contradict Russian interests (Part 2 of Article 208 of the Russian Penal Code). The suspect faces up to ten years in prison if found guilty.
The regional Prosecutor's Office, however, refused to disclose the suspect's age or name the country where he had been fighting on the side of illegal armed groups.
In a separate development, a 30-year-old entrepreneur from the Lipetsk region was charged with funding an international terrorist organization (Article 205.1 of the Russian Penal Code 'complicity in terrorism'). A criminal case was opened against the man in late February, when he was remanded into custody.
The FSB branch for the Lipetsk region declined to comment on these inquiries.
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