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"Court" in Crimea arrested imam of Sevastopol mosque until June 10

17 April 2019, 16:06
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“Sevastopol City Court” arrested the imam of the mosque of the village of Shturmove Rustem Abilev, TASS reports.

FSB investigators accuse Abilev under part 1 of Article 280 of the Criminal Code of Russia – “public calls for extremist activities”.

According to security officials, the imam “delivered sermons using prohibited literature, and called for violent actions against citizens who do not share his religious beliefs.”

The “court” has chosen a preventive measure in the form of remand in custody until June 10.

Rustem Abilev was detained on April 15 after searches at his house and a mosque, where he is the imam. Russian security officials seized several books from his home.

April 16, US authorities expressed concern over the detention of the imam Abilev.