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    TAJIK TERRORIST ON THE INTERNATIONAL WANTED LIST DETAINED IN MOSCOW

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    MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) - A terrorist put by Tajikistan on the international wanted list has been detained in Moscow. According to the Main Department of Organized Crime of the Russian Interior Ministry, he is one Mahamad Ismatov, accused by the Tajik prosecutor's office of organizing a criminal group and making an attempt at the life of a state official.

    Ismatov lived in Moscow on a false passport. The question of his extradition to Tajikistan is being discussed now.

    According to the Russian Interior Ministry, Mahamad Ismatov, b. 1965, lived in Shchukino, a northwestern district of Moscow, on a false passport in the name of a Russian citizen Vadim Malyshev. Russian law enforcers received information about a suspect individual several weeks ago. Their international contacts helped them to establish that Vadim Malyshev looks like the Tajik citizen Ismatov, who is on the international wanted list.

    The man was detained and delivered to a police station, where his false Russian passport was confiscated along with a Tajik ordinary and foreign passports in the name of Ismatov.

    It is reported that Ismatov admitted during an interrogation that he was detained for crossing the Russian border with a group of other border violators in 1991 and sentenced to nine years in prison. He was amnestied after serving only three years and went to Afghanistan for special training in a [terrorist] camp there. His foreign passport has visas of several Middle Eastern countries.

    Taken together, this information prompted suspicion of his possible connection with members of international terrorist organizations, RIA learned in the Russian Interior Ministry. Ismatov is being checked for possible involvement in terrorist actions in the Moscow Region.

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