The Department for Combating Terrorism and the Istanbul Prosecutor General’s Office have completed an investigation into the case of espionage and an attempt on the life of Chechen oppositionists living in Turkey. A 25-page indictment sent to the Istanbul Grave Criminal Court, transmit Caucasus. Realities.
On October 9th, during an operation carried out by the Anti-Terrorism Department of the Istanbul Police and National Intelligence, six foreigners were detained. They were four Russians – Abdula Abdulaev, Ravshan Akhmedov, Bislan Rasaev and Aslanbek Abdulmuslimov, as well as Ukrainian Igor Efrim and citizen of Uzbekistan Amir Yusupov. Three pistols were confiscated from the suspects, one of which was with a silencer and a laser designator, cartridges for them and other weapons. Later, the detainees were placed in a prison in Istanbul.
For the defendants, the Istanbul prosecutor’s office requested 22 to 33 years in prison for political espionage, violation of firearms laws and forgery of official documents.
In November, with reference to the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey (MIT), it was reported that the leader of the group was Bislan Rasaev, who “received an order to kill two people” from State Duma deputy and Ramzan Kadyrov’s ally Adam Delimkhanov. Those arrested planned to kill a Chechen opposition figure living in Turkey named Abdulkhakim, who fought against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, according to intelligence.
The second organizer, according to MIT, was Kazbek Dukuzov. Its also is called involved in organizing four murders of Chechen oppositionists in Europe since 2004.
Adam Delimkhanov is the second person in the Chechen Republic after Ramzan Kadyrov. He is under US sanctions, was wanted by Interpol, while representing Chechnya in the Russian parliament:
After this arrest, the Turkish authorities provided leaders of the Chechen diaspora state protection. Also, Chechens living in Turkey have stepped up their own security measures.