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Recruiters of Moscow university student who tried to cross Syrian border arrested — lawyer

October 27, 2015, 16:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Recruiters who tried to lure Moscow State University student Varvara Karaulova into Islamic State terrorist organization have been arrested, Karaulova’s lawyer Alexander Karabanov told TASS on Tuesday.

"Varvara was questioned today, and her recruiters were arrested," Karabanov said.

On May 27, the 19-year-old left home pretending she was heading for the university, but never came back. Later on, she was traced to have secretly taken a flight to Istanbul. On June 2 the Interpol launched searches and two days later, on June 4, its Turkish staff detained Karaulova and another twelve Russians who were trying to cross the border into Syria. They are believed to arrive in Turkey with the aim to reach Syria via the Turkish southern border and to join militants.

Karaulova returned to Moscow on June 12. After conducting preliminary proceedings, the Investigative Committee decided not to open a criminal case against Karaulova.

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