Tatarstan resident given 6 years in jail for aiding ISIS


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
19th November, 2015


In passing sentence the court took into account the nature and degree of public danger of the committed crime and the identity of the defendant

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The City court of Naberezhnye Chelny (Tatarstan) has sentenced a resident of the region, Mikhail Golovenko, who is accused of involvement in the fighting in Syria on the side the Russian-prohibited terrorist group “Islamic state” (IS). This was reported by TASS press service.

“Golovenko was sentenced to six years of imprisonment as punishment for serving in a terrorist organisation. In court, he fully admitted his guilt,” – said the press service. In passing sentence, the court took into account the nature and degree  of the committed crime, putting the country in danger, and the identity of the defendant. According to investigators, Golovenko in April 2014 flew from Russia to Turkey, and from there entered Syria illegally. There he hoped to join ISIS and participate in an armed formation. As shown in the materials of the court, he left Tatarstan and managed to join the group in May 2014. In the area of the settlement Tabka, Golovenko voluntarily “actively participated in missions of the “Islamic state” until January 2015″. According to the investigation, he was provided with a “fully automatic weapon of Kalashnikov system and ammunition”.

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