27 June 2012
Memorial Human Rights Centre
On May 29, 2012, the hearing of the case of Musa Yasulov, Aleksei Antonov, Shamil Bagandov and Ruslan Belkin-Yablukov, arrested during
anti-terrorist measures in Astrakhan in May 2011, began in Astrakhan district court. Immediately after the arrest of the suspects, Secret Services told reporters that the Islamists were supposedly preparing to carry out terrorist attacks in Astrakhan, on May 9, 2011, and that they were prevented at the last moment.
According to law enforcement agencies, all of the defendants shot during the arrest on May 7, 2011, as well as Andrei Antonov (Umar), were "followers of radical Islam", who in March, 2011, created an armed group in order to "attack law enforcement officers, carry out terrorist acts and armed attacks to terrorize the population of Astrakhan, the Astrakhan region, and adjacent regions, and to influence government and law enforcement agencies in these regions. " [Read more]