One more defendant convicted in Kazan Cathedral terror attack plot case
ST. PETERSBURG, June 27 (RAPSI) – A native of the Ingushetia Republic Aliskhan Esmurziyev on Wednesday was sentenced to 2 years in penal colony settlement and a 50,000-ruble fine ($800) as part of a criminal case on attempted terror attack in the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, RAPSI reported from the Kirovsky District Court of St. Petersburg.
The defendant has pleaded guilty to failure to report a crime.
On June 25, another defendant, a native of the Republic of Dagestan Shamil Omargadzhiyev was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. He was found guilty of failure to report a crime and illegal possession of the Kalashnikov assault rifle.
Additionally, he was fined 50,000 rubles.
Russian national Yevgeny Yefimov, who stands charged with plotting the terror act, has discussed the attack’s details with Omargadzhiyev, Esmurziyev and Tajikistan’s native Firuz Kalavurov, case papers read.
According to the Federal Security Service (FSB), seven members of the Islamic State terrorist organization (ISIS) banned in Russia were arrested on December 14. They allegedly planned to commit a terrorist attack with the participation of a suicide bomber in one of the monumental cathedral’s in St. Petersburg on December 16.
Weapons, explosives, and extremist literature have been seized during searches at their premises. Moreover, a laboratory for preparing explosive bombs has been liquidated.
Yefimov told the court that had been preparing explosives for a suicide bomber, the United press service of St. Petersburg courts told RAPSI earlier.