MOSCOW, October 22 (RAPSI) – A criminal case against an 18-year old resident of Moscow, who stands charges with preparation for joining the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization banned in Russia, has been forwarded to court for hearing, the press service of the Investigative Committee’s Krasnodar Directorate reports Monday.

According to investigators, from March to December 2017, the young man was working out a plan of joining ISIS in Syria. Through the Internet he collected information on the route, the list of needed items and possible obstacles on the path. Moreover, he bought some products, medicine clothes and cold arms, and left Moscow for the Krasnodar Region. He was arrested when trying to cross the border between Russian and Abkhazia, the statement reads.

The Islamic State, an organization which is prohibited in Russia, is currently one of the major threats to global security. Over three years, these terrorists have managed to seize large areas of Iraq and Syria. The organization is also attempting to spread its influence on North Africa – particularly, Libya. The area controlled by ISIS covers up to 90,000 square kilometers.