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Russian Interior Ministry strips St. Petersburg subway bomber of citizenship

Akbarjon Djalilov blew himself up on a St. Petersburg metro train on April 3

MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry has stripped the St. Petersburg suicide subway bomber Akbarjon Djalilov of Russian citizenship because his father had obtained his Russian passport fraudulently and has been stripped of it by now," Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk said.

Akbarjon Djalilov blew himself up on a St. Petersburg metro train between Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad stations. 

Criminal proceedings were launched under two articles of the Criminal Code. Ten suspects have been detained by now. 

Terror attack in St. Petersburg

On April 3, a bomb went off on a metro carriage when the train was moving from Tekhnologichesky Institut Station to Sennaya Ploshchad Station in St. Petersburg. The blast claimed the lives of 14 people, including the suicide bomber. Over 50 passengers were injured. The suicide bomber died in the attack. Minutes later, another bomb was safely defused at Ploshchad Vosstaniya Station.

The Investigative Committee identified the suspect suicide bomber as Akbarzhon Djalilov, a Kyrgyz national, who later became a Russian citizen.

On April 6, the Investigative Committee said that eight criminal case suspects had been detained in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The next day they were placed under arrest. On April 11, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov said that the suspects were members of clandestine terrorist cells.

Other suspects

Russia’s Interior Ministry has annulled Russian citizenship of Akram and Abror Azimov, the suspects in a criminal case into the terror attack in St. Petersburg’s underground transport network, Volk also told TASS.

Their father submitted fraudulent data while applying for Russian citizenship, she said.

A district court in the Urals city of Perm established that A.I. Azimov (Akram and Abror’s father) deceived Russian agencies with knowingly false information when filed a request for citizenship.

"Basing on that ruling, the main directorate of the Russian Interior Ministry for the Perm Territory has annulled the previous ruling of the Federal Migration Service’s department for the Perm Territory as of 15 December 2010 to grant citizenship to Kyrgyz citizen A. I. Azimov," Volk said.

"This has led to cancellation of the ruling granting Russian citizenship to his two sons, suspected of involvement in the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg metro on 3 April 2017, namely Akram Azimov and Abror Azimov, nationals of the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic," the police spokeswoman added.