Support The Moscow Times!

Moscow Police Announce Bust of Terror Cell

Moscow police said Monday that they had broken up a terrorist cell that was actively recruiting members at city mosques and detained six suspects.

The six suspects, who were not identified, belong to the Islamic Rebirth Party, which is banned by the Supreme Court as a terrorist organization, and a raid on their place of residence found nine grenades, weapons, ammunition and extremist literature, police said.

"Search operations resulted in the finding of leaders and active members of the organization who were conducting active recruiting at mosques in Moscow and also distributing extremist literature and drawing other people into illegal activity," police said in a statement.

Further details were not immediately available.

The investigation is ongoing.

Related articles:

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.