FERGANA, Uzbekistan -- A court in Fergana Province sentenced Umijon Sattorov, 40, to eight years in prison for promoting extremist ideas, UZ24.uz reported Wednesday (May 17).
Sattorov became radicalised while working in Russia from August 2013 to January 2014, the court found. With two acquaintances he formed an extremist cell to proselytise among other Uzbekistani migrant workers. Among other activities, they showed videos of fighting in Syria.
One of the other two cell leaders later went to Syria. Sattorov was arrested when he returned to Uzbekistan.
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