ABAKAN, Russia -- A Russian court sentenced a Kyrgyz citizen to seven years in prison for creating a terrorist cell in Khakassia, Russian news agency TASS reported Monday (September 30), citing the regional administration of Russia's Federal Security Service. Khakassia is part of Siberia.
Nurigin Abdirakhmanov allegedly formed a four-member cell and planned to attack law enforcement personnel in Khakassia before traveling to Syria.
Abdirakhmanov was linked to Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, a pro-"Islamic State" (IS) terrorist group banned in Russia, and regularly communicated with one of its leaders, according to the investigation.
Abdirakhmanov is accused of trying to persuade residents of Khakassia to participate in the group's activities in Syria.