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Moscow police detain 2 persons suspected of funding NCaucasus militants

February 26, 2013, 12:25 UTC+3

Police said the group had specialized in robberies

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MOSCOW, February 26 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow police and agents of the Federal Security Service /FSB/ detained two suspected members of a criminal group which had funded militants in the North Caucasus, the Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

"Agents of the main department for combating extremism, assisted by the FSB department for Moscow and Moscow Region, detained two participants in an organized ethnic group," the Interior Ministry said.

It identified the detainees as Alan Alborov and David Karayev. They were detained in Komsomolskaya Square. Police said the group had specialized in robberies. The money they seized was remitted to militants in the North Caucasus Federal District.

A search of the detainees found an unlicensed non-lethal pistol and documents and valuables stolen in a series of robberies in Moscow Region. Alborov and Karayev confessed to crimes.

A court sanctioned their arrest. Police are checking the suspects for involvement in other crimes, the Interior Ministry said.

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