Russia detains 14 over forged documents for ISIL fighters

A 'multi-stage operation' against the 'international criminal group' has identified 'underground printers, laboratories and a system for the supply of forged documents', Federal Security Service says

Russia detains 14 over forged documents for ISIL fighters

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russian security services on Thursday said they have detained 14 people suspected of forging documents for people wanting to fight with the ISIL group in Syria and extremists coming to Russia.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said the detainees were members of a group "suspected of making counterfeit documents for people departing for Syria with the goal of participating in combat on the side of ISIL as well as for militants sent to Russia by ISIL leaders for carrying out acts of terror."

The "multi-stage operation" against this "international criminal group" identified "underground printers, laboratories and a system for the supply of forged documents", the FSB said in a statement.

The group was making documents for citizens of Russia and other ex-Soviet countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States, the statement said, without elaborating.

The 14 suspects were detained in Moscow, it said, and police were searching for people to whom the documents were provided, it said.

Officials say that thousands of Russians have departed for Syria to fight Syrian government forces, fearing their return to Russia. 

Battling extremists in Syria rather than at home was one of the reasons Moscow gave for launching a bombing campaign in Syria last September in support of forces fighting for its long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad.

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