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Member Of Banned Islamic Group Cell Detained In Siberia

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says a man suspected of founding a cell of a banned Islamic group in Siberia has been detained.

The FSB said on October 7 that the suspect had set up a prayer house in Barnaul, the capital of the Altai region that borders Kazakhstan, in May 2015.

According to the FSB, the suspect propagated teachings of the Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat (Messenger's Assembly) while being aware that the group is banned in Russia.

The suspect is facing charges of persuading individuals to take part in the activities of an extremist organization.

Tablighi Jamaat is officially banned in Russia and the majority of Central Asian countries.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti and Interfax