Radical Islamist sentenced to probation for terrorism promotion
MOSCOW, September 13 - RAPSI. The Moscow City Court has sentenced radical Islamist Tatyana Tarasova to 1.5 years of probation for posting an article promoting terrorism on a Muslim advocacy website that she administered, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) Thursday.
Tarasova pleaded guilty in the case. Her case was considered via special procedure in one day. The special procedure classification ensures a trial without an evidentiary review or witness testimonies, and the court cannot sentence the defendant to the maximum punishment.
According to the investigators, Tarasova converted to Islam and began supporting radical Islamic views and the idea of committing terrorist acts against non-Muslims in an effort to unite the Muslim world under a "global Islamic caliphate."
In 2005, she joined the interregional "Islamic Committee" movement as the deputy chairman. She also started administering its website. Investigators believe that Tarasova used the website to promote the organization's beliefs, and published materials promoting terrorist activities.
Tarasova studied theology at Moscow State University's Philosophy Department.
Investigators have said that she understood the consequences of her actions.