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Tajik Jailed In Russia On 'Terrorism Propaganda' Charges

A court in Russia's northwestern city of Arkhangelsk has sentenced a Tajik man to three years in prison on "terrorist propaganda" charges.

The Arkhangelsk regional prosecutor's office said on November 11 that 20-year-old Shahboz Azimov was found guilty of inciting hatred, making public calls for terrorism, and publicly justifying terrorism via the Internet.

Investigators say that Azimov had placed materials on the Internet calling on Muslims in Russia to launch jihad against non-Muslims and to join Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

Police say they found booklets and electronic materials with text propagating religious extremism in Azimov's residence in Arkhangelsk.

Azimov has 10 days to appeal the court's ruling.

Based on reporting by and Interfax