MOSCOW, September 27 (RAPSI) – A court has placed nine defendants in a criminal case over financing terrorism in detention, according to the information published on the official website of Russia’s Investigative Committee.

Investigators claim that a crime organizer is a former member of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization banned in Russia. He allegedly communicated with his assistants privately and made them give an oath of fealty.

He also created a group in one of online messengers for people, who agreed to finance the terrorist organization based in Syria and Iraq. In total, there were about 30 members in it. The organizer collected money and then transferred the funds to accounts of terrorist, the statement reads.

The defendants pleaded not guilty.