St. Petersburg court extends detention of cadet charged with preparing terror attack
MOSCOW, December 25 (RAPSI) – A court in St. Petersburg has extended detention of A.F. Mozhaisky's Military-Space Academy’s cadet Vadim Osipov, charged with preparing a terror attack in the academy, until June 12, 2018, RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Monday.
A prosecutor said that the defendant may flee or press the witnesses if released. In addition, he noted that in the past Osipov repeatedly left the place of service on his own volition and was in correspondence with unidentified persons.
The first hearing in Osipov’s case is set for January 9, 2018.
Investigators believe that the cadet was involved in inducing and recruiting his course mates for terrorist activities and/or provided financial aid to terrorists. A book banned as extremist has been uploaded to his smartphone, according to investigators. Moreover, a copy book paper containing the barrack’s scheme and capture plan have been seized from him.
Osipov claimed that he discussed the St. Petersburg metro terror attack that occurred on April 3 and actions of security services. The cadet stated that he had drawn the barrack’s scheme in order to think the safety system through and discuss shortcomings for self-education.
The A.F. Mozhaisky Military Space Academy is a military educational institution providing training for specialists of the Aerospace Forces and other types of the Armed Forces in 40 different military specialties.