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    Two Suspected of Helping Fund Daesh Detained in the Moscow Region

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Two people suspected of sponsoring the Daesh* terror group are being detained in the Moscow Region following large-scale searches across Russia, the official representative of the Russian Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, said on Wednesday.

    The suspects are believed to have sponsored Daesh from September 2014 to 2017, according to Petrenko.

    While the terrorists were staying in Syria, they tasked people living in the Dagestan Republic with raising funds for Daesh through payment systems and then delivering the money to Syria. Over 200 people from seven Russian federal entities provided Daesh with at least 8 million rubles ($124,960), according to the committee.

    Criminal cases against some of them have already been launched.

    "Two suspects of committing the crime prescribed in Part 1 of Article 205.1 of the Russian Criminal Code — facilitation of terrorist activities — have been detained on the territory of Moscow and Moscow Region following investigative activities. Considering the gravity of their crimes, the investigation plans to ask the court to put them under arrest as a precautionary measure," Petrenko said.

    She added that investigators are still establishing exactly how the cell operated and also verifying their potential involvement in other crimes. In addition, active measures are being taken to identify other accomplices in the crime.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIL, ISIS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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