MOSCOW, March 29 (RAPSI) – A prosecutor has asked a court to sentence Farkhod Nazarov, an alleged cell leader of the Islamic State terrorist organization prohibited in Russia, to 16 years in a high security penal colony, lawyer Alexander Krasnikov has told RAPSI.

Nazarov is charged with recruiting persons from former Soviet republics for terrorist activity in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq as well as terrorism in Russia and cannabis sale. The defendant pleads not guilty to abetting terrorism.

According to the case documents, Nazarov justified and propagated ideas of radical Islam. Investigators believe that he communicated with a girl, who adopted Islam, and proposed her to leave for a conflict zone or fighting the “infidels” in Russia.

In October, Nazarov was arrested. During the searches, the law enforcement officers recovered the Islamic literature, pneumatic gun, knife, drugs, computer and communication equipment.