A resident of Perm (870 miles east of Moscow) has been found guilty of recruiting individuals to the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra, the press service for the Perm regional department of the Federal Security Service told Interfax.
"Russian national Gairatzhon Tazhibayev, who was recruiting residents of the Perm Region to participate in hostilities against government forces in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, was identified following operational investigative activities," the press service said on April 25.
Tazhibayev was an influential figure in his circle of acquaintances and had taken advantage of that in his illegal activities, the press service said.
The man was detained by officials of the Perm regional department of the Federal Security Service and became the defendant in a criminal case under the article 'Terrorist attack' of the Russian Criminal Code. Security officers succeeded in intercepting the activity of Tazhibayev on time: he was yet to transport the mercenaries to Syria, the press service official said.
The field panel of the Moscow District Military Court was sent to Perm to participate in the case proceedings.
The Court sentenced Tazhibayev to five years in maximum security penal colony.
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