Russian court detains Uzbek citizen suspected of pushing for dismantlement of statehood
ST. PETERSBURG, March 22 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – The Pushkinsky District Court in St. Petersburg has ordered the detention of a citizen of the Republic of Uzbekistan suspected of organizing a terrorist group and dismantlement of the Russian statehood, RAPSI learnt in the local prosecutor’s office.
Khasan Sattarov was on the wanted list for infringement against the constitutional system of Uzbekistan and participation in religious, extremist, separatist, fundamentalist and other banned organizations, prosecutors said.
Investigators believe that Sattarov along with other unnamed individuals organized in St. Petersburg a cell of the Islamic Party of Turkestan in 2012. During the meetings of the group he called for a coup and establishment of the Islamic State.
The Islamic Party of Turkestan, also called the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan or IMU, has been declared a terrorist organization by the Russian Supreme Court. Its operation is prohibited in many countries in Europe and Central Asia, as well as in the United States. FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov believes that it is no less dangerous than al-Qaeda.
In March 2013, the Russian Interior Ministry announced the detainment of the leader of the IMU's Moscow branch. He was to be extradited to Uzbekistan.