Kemal Tambiev, Abdulmumin Gadjiev and Abubakar Rizvanov in the courtroom (from left to right). 2021. Photo by Konstantin Volgin for the "Caucasian Knot"

13 November 2022, 02:19

Rizvanov accused of financing terrorism tells court about working with Abu Umar Sasitlinsky

Abubakar Rizvanov, the head of the "Ansar" Fund, who is accused, along with Abdulmumin Gadjiev and Kemal Tambiev, of financing terrorism, has stated during interrogation that he became a co-founder of the Fund at the suggestion of the preacher, Abu Umar Sasitlinsky, but only formally participated in the activities of the "Ansar".

Abdulmumin Gadjiev, an editor of the "Chernovik" weekly, Abubakar Rizvanov and Kemal Tambiev are charged with financing terrorism. Investigators assert that they used to raise money for terrorists under the pretext of building mosques and helping the poor. They link the defendants with Israil Akhmednabiev, a Dagestan preacher and founder of the "Mukhadjirun" Islamic Fund, known as Abu Umar Sasitlinsky, who has been put on the wanted list within a terrorism case.

According to the "Memorial" Centre for Defence of Human Rights, Rizvanov told how he met Israil Akhmednabiev, who is charged with organizing the terrorism financing.

According to Rizvanov, Akhmednabiev was raising money for the construction of a school for hafizes. In 2013, the preacher registered the "Ansar" Charity Fund in order to make the fundraising more transparent. Rizvanov and Aliev were offered to become co-founders thereof, and they agreed, because they "wanted to participate in a charitable business," and saw nothing illegal in this. The main aim of the Fund was to pay for orphans' schooling.

According to Rizvanov, after the creation of the Fund, Aliev and Akhmednabiev returned from a charitable trip to Syria, and an employee of the Centre for Combating Extremism (Centre "E") had a meeting with them. Then, law enforcers had no claims to the activities of the Fund, the defendant has added.

Let us remind you that Gadjiev's colleagues treat the criminal case against him as political and are regularly holding pickets in Makhachkala in his support. Thus, on October 31, the pickets were held by Magomed Magomedov, a deputy editor-in-chief of the "Chernovik" weekly, and Idris Yusupov, a journalist for the "Novoye Delo" outlet.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 12, 2022 at 01:52 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: Caucasian Knot

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