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Islamist Jailed In Russia's Tatarstan Region For Robbery And Gun Theft

A court in Russia's Tatarstan region has jailed a member of an Islamist group on charges of robbery and stealing a gun.

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) office in Tatarstan said on August 31 that a court in the city of Alabuga found Albert Ilyin guilty on the charges and sentenced him 8 1/2 years in prison.

Ilyin was a member of so-called Rybno-Sloboda Jamaat, a militant Islamist group in Tatarstan that previously had links with the self-proclaimed Caucasus Emirate (Imarat Kavkaz) in Russia's North Caucasus.

Russian authorities say that Rybno-Sloboda Jamaat members were responsible for seven attacks and attempted five failed attacks that used explosives on critical infrastructure.

The attacks targeted electricity lines, power stations, and natural gas pipelines in Tatarstan and in neighboring regions of Russia.

The group's leader Albert Galiyev was sentenced to 22 years in prison earlier in 2016.

Based on reporting by and Interfax

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