FSB officers in St. Petersburg detained supporters of the Islamic State * terrorist group, who were planning to kill servicemen and law enforcement officers. This was reported in the Public Relations Center of the FSB of Russia.

“The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the framework of the initiated criminal case under Part 1.1 of Art. 205.1 ("Assistance in terrorist activities") of the Criminal Code of Russia in St. Petersburg suppressed the activities of participants in a terrorist cell from among the natives of one of the Central Asian republics involved in the financing of the banned in the Russian Federation international terrorist organization "Islamic State", who are also being tested for involvement to the propaganda of terrorism and the recruitment of Russian citizens into terrorist structures, ”the service said.

After committing the planned killings, they intended to leave for the territory of the Middle East region and join the terrorists.

At the place of residence of the militants, FSB officers seized communication equipment and bank cards.

The FSB also provided a video recording of the detention of terrorists. The record shows that the special operation took place in residential premises. Seven detainees are also seen lying on the floor in handcuffs.

Detentions in other regions

Over the past few months, it became known about the detention of supporters of terrorist organizations and the prevented terrorist attacks in several Russian regions. 

For example, on July 27, FSB officers, together with the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Investigative Committee, stopped the activities of a member of a terrorist organization who was planning a terrorist attack in one of the crowded places in Moscow. The department did not disclose what kind of group the criminal supported, but reported that the suspicious man was identified by intelligence officers in the area of ​​abandoned garages in the city of Khimki. While trying to detain and check, he opened fire at the security forces from automatic firearms. As a result of retaliatory actions, the offender was neutralized.

The attacker turned out to be a native of one of the countries of Central Asia, who lived in a rented apartment in Moscow. The security forces found an AK-74U machine gun, three loaded magazines, two F-1 grenades and one RGD grenade with him. During a search in the apartment, evidence was also found of the connection of the murdered man with the MTO emissaries in Syria, as well as his preparation for the "mass execution of citizens."

Later in the Moscow region, the brother of the criminal was detained, who was looking for the latter in order to prevent him from leaving for Syria "to participate in an international terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation."

In addition, on July 23, during a special operation, the FSB detained members of the international terrorist organization Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan **. The cell was opened in Moscow, Novosibirsk and the Krasnoyarsk Territory. The members of the group were engaged in recruiting and transporting people to combat zones, financing militants in Syria, and also carried out calls for the commission of terrorist crimes.

Prior to that, in the Rostov region, a secret cell of supporters of the "Islamic State" was also disclosed, which included six citizens of one of the Central Asian countries and Russia. Its participants were preparing attacks on police officers and planning to commit terrorist acts in medical and educational institutions. Cases were initiated against them under the articles "Terrorist attack", "Illegal arms trafficking" and "Encroachment on the life of a law enforcement officer."

In the Republic of Crimea, law enforcement agencies suppressed the activities of a cell of the international terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami ***. FSB officers detained three leaders and four members of the group. All of them were involved in spreading terrorist ideology among local residents and recruiting them into their ranks.

* "Islamic State" (IS) - the organization was recognized as terrorist by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of December 29, 2014.

* "Islamic Party of Turkestan" (formerly "Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan") - the organization was recognized as terrorist by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation dated 02.14.2003.

*** "Party of Islamic Liberation" ("Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami") - the organization was recognized as terrorist by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of 14.02.2003.