Moscow court sentences Russian fighter in Syria to 4 years in penitentiary

Russian citizen was a follower of radical Islam.

Russian citizen was a follower of radical Islam.

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The Moscow Lefortovsky court has sentenced a Russian national who fought for the opposition in Syria to four years in a penitentiary

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 Dec. 8.

"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 Dec. 2 that over 150 Russians who had been fighting for the opposition or for terrorist organizations in Syria were convicted this year.

Read more: Why are ordinary Russians joining the ranks of Islamic State?

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