ISIS sponsor from North Ossetia detained in Moscow

ISIS sponsor from North Ossetia detained in Moscow

The Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Russian Investigative Committee detained a Russian national from the North Ossetia-Alania region, aged 26, who had transferred at least 50 million rubles ($770,000) to the ISIS terrorist group (outlawed in Russia), the FSB Center for Public Relations and the Investigative Committee said.

According to investigators, during the period of January 2015 to May 2019, the suspect gathered funds through bank cards and provided financial services to the terrorists.

According to the FSB, the funds collected were turned into cash overseas and were sent for plotting and committing terrorism-related crimes.

The suspect's apartment was searched and bank cards, mobile phones with instructions from ISIS coordinators and extremist literature were found there. "In addition, information on cash flows through the perpetrators’ bank accounts was received by virtue of the criminal case, and contacts between the suspect in custody and members of the international terrorist organization are being investigated, and the received correspondence and information about telephone conversations is being examined and analyzed," TASS cited the Investigative Committee as saying.

The joint actions of the FSB, the Investigative Committee, the Interior Ministry and the Federal Financial Monitoring Service made it possible to detect an ISIS supporter.