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MOSCOW, June 6 (Itar-Tass) - The suspected mastermind behind the plans to stage a series of terrorist attacks in Moscow has been brought to the Lefortovo remand prison, spokesman for the National Antiterrorist Center Andrei Chatsky told Itar-Tass.
"On Thursday morning, Yulai Davletbayev was detained in a special operation in the Mytishchi district. He has been brought to the Lefortovo remand prison. The investigation in to the criminal case against members of his gang is continuing," Chatsky said.
"In May, the FSB intercepted the activity of a dangerous gang which had been planning to carry out high-profile acts of terror during Victory Day celebrations in Moscow. The members of this gang who had committed several crimes in the Volga district and had been hiding from police, left for the Afghan-Pakistan zone in 2010 where they had military and ideological training at an international terrorist organization, studied mining and demolition techniques and took part in attacks against NATO coalition forces," the NAK underlined earlier in the day.
"After staying abroad for three years, the militants, at the orders by leaders of the terrorist organization "Islamic Party of Turkestan" secretly returned to Russia with the view of carrying out terrorist attacks," it added.
In the FSB operation on May 20, two gangsters were destroyed, and one, an Amerkhanov, was wounded and detained.
Amerkhanov, when questioned, said the group had been ordered by leaders of this organization to carry out a series of terrorist attacks in Moscow and escape to Afghanistan," the NAK said.
He also said that the mastermind behind the planned terrorist attacks was Yulai Davletbayev, b.1970, who was not in the apartment in Orekhovo-Zuyevo when the FSB launched the operation.
Davletbayev was detained on Thursday.
While planning an act of terror, Davletbayev found a job in Moscow which enabled him to move about the city without drawing the attention of law-enforcement bodies. As a taxi driver, he selected places which would be most vulnerable to terrorist attacks, counting on the gravest consequences and numerous fatalities, NAK said.