A murderer’s journey from Istanbul to Moscow!

Who is this Feridun Şemseddin?

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A murderer's journey from Istanbul to Moscow!

After Margarita Simonovna Simonyan, editor-in-chief of Rossiya Segodnya International News Agency and Russia Today, said that one of the alleged perpetrators arrived in Russia from Turkey on March 4, all eyes turned to Turkey. However, there is a detail here that “the devil said to see”.

Armenian journalist who passed through the US conspiracy!…

Margarita Simonyan, who provided the Istanbul details about the terrorists, is the child of Simon Sarkisovich Simonyan and Zinaida Simonyan, descendants of Armenian refugees from the Ottoman Empire in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. Simon Sarkisovich Simonyan is the son of Sarkis Simonyan.

Margarita’s grandfather, Sarkis Simonyan, is the author of Truth for My Grandchildren. Simonyan’s father’s family, originally from Trabzon, settled in Crimea during the 1915 Armenian deportation planned by the German General Staff. During the Second World War, they were deported to the Urals by Stalin’s NKVD secret police along with thousands of Hamshen Armenians.

During the events of 1915, his grandmother’s family migrated from Trabzon to Crimea, his grandmother grew up in Sochi and did not speak Russian until she was 18, and his father was not allowed to marry a Russian in the family. He makes no secret of the fact that he is rightly worried about the increase in the Muslim ethnic population in Russia since 1996 because of the ethnic identity of those who have participated in terrorist acts in Russia. But this is certainly not at the level of Islamophobia. He himself went through a US indoctrination at the age of 18.

He spent a year in Bristol, a town of 3,500 people in Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA. Then he started journalism in the town where he was born. What did he do there, who did he meet, what kind of training did he receive, did he get involved with the CIA?

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Margarita Simonyan

While these questions are waiting for answers, Margarita Simonyan is on good terms with Diaspora Armenians. I don’t know about you, but the fact that Margarita Simonyan revealed or had Margarita Simonyan reveal the Istanbul details of the terrorists because of these details in her life story seemed quite meaningful to me. I guess Simonyan, who identifies herself as both Armenian and Russian, must have an Armenian streak. But she is a journalist who was banned from entering the country by the Armenian authorities in October 2022.

Istanbul Istanbul!…

In the video footage shared by Margarita Simonyan, the suspect, speaking in accented Russian, says, “My documents expired there, so I crossed the border and came here,” referring to Istanbul. Suddenly there was a chill in the air. For a short time, it seemed as if Turkey was involved in this inhuman plot. Margarita Simonyan had done her part.

It was a Tajik terrorist named Shamsidin Fariduni/Feridun Shamseddin who said he came from Istanbul. Reuters, a news agency based in London, shared details on when and how this terrorist enemy of humanity traveled from Istanbul to Moscow, stating that he flew from Istanbul to Moscow on March 4.

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This terrorist is Feridun Shamseddin, born in 1998. The 36-year-old Tajik terrorist has the most stable life of the four suspects. Born in Tajikistan, he is a Tajik immigrant living in Russia and holds Tajik citizenship. His residence details are registered in Krasnogorsk, the Moscow suburb where the terrorist attack took place.

Krasnogorsk is connected to Moscow by the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line of the Moscow metro from Myakinino station. It has around 150 thousand inhabitants. Feridun Shamseddin works in an upholstery factory. He has no previous criminal record. He is married and has an 8-month-old baby.

The chief perpetrator of the terrorist attack and the Istanbul detail in the attack!…

In his interrogation, he said he was offered 500,000 rubles (about $5,425) to carry out the attack. This is equivalent to about 2.5 years of his monthly salary in Tajikistan.

According to investigation records, Feridun Shamseddin is the leader of the terrorist group. He formed the terrorist team from his own acquaintances. He is the planner and financier of the incident. He says that someone whose name he does not know gave him the instructions for the terrorist act about a month ago via Telegram. In the next stage, the weapons and ammunition they used in the raid were delivered to them. He also said that the people who hired him instructed him to kill everyone in the concert hall. He emphasized that he received approval from a deputy preacher.

Abdullah Köstekci

Probably one of the ISIS supporters based in Istanbul. Finding preachers in Istanbul who are capable of issuing all kinds of immoral and inhumane fatwas is not a problem. As long as you tell us about the money. If you remember, the terrorists who attacked the Catholic Church in Istanbul two months ago were captured and identified as A.K. from Tajikistan and D.T. from Russia.

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In fact, the vehicle used by the suspects in the incident was brought to Turkey from Poland a year ago and had never been on the road until the day of the incident. Maybe the same assistant preacher gave a fatwa to the church attackers.

In his testimony, Feriduni said that “Abdullah Kostekskiy and Abu Umar Sasitlinskiy, two Wahabi/Salafi preachers who have been sentenced in absentia in Russia and are on the wanted list, are currently living in Turkey. They have their own media centers, i.e. TV channels, where they preach. The Tajik jihadists who have joined ISIS are mostly linked to the Ansarullah Jamaat. According to Tajik intelligence, the Ansarullah Jamaat is a wing of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

There is a strong Tajik mafia and community based in Istanbul. Some of them are Tajiks from Afghanistan. From time to time they engage in armed conflicts among themselves. They are active in Aksaray Mesih Paşa neighborhood. They threaten business people coming from Tajikistan and take their money.

Istanbul; almost the epicenter of Tajik opposition leaders. Kamardin Begov, one of the executives of the Islamic Awakening Party of Tajikistan, whose activities were banned by the Supreme Court of Tajikistan after being declared a terrorist organization, had the Red Notice issued by Interpol lifted in 2018 on the initiative of the International Refugee Rights Association.

Salafist Wahabi preachers in Istanbul are Ukrainians!…

Their arrival in Turkey is a process that began when Islamic leaders in the North Caucasus who opposed the official secular stance were forced to flee the country. For example, Abu Umar Sasitlinsky, a Dagestani preacher currently residing in Turkey and accused in Russia of financing terrorism, is one of them. He often makes statements condemning the repression of Muslims in the Caucasus by the Russian authorities.

Due to the involvement of the Russian Armed Forces in the killing of fellow Muslims in Syria and other countries, he believes that those who voluntarily signed a contract and served in the Russian army should no longer be considered Muslims. He has also issued a fatwa that those who die while serving in the Russian army in Ukraine cannot be considered martyrs.

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Abdullah Kosteksky/Abdullah Kostekci, another prominent Dagestani Islamic figure accused by Russian authorities of involvement in terrorism, says it is haram/forbidden for Muslims to fight in the armies of the tyrants and those who deny Islam.

Abu Umar Sasitlinsky and Abdullah Kosteksky have a significant following in Dagestan. Abdullah Kosteksky, the Dagestani spiritual leader of the jihadist organization Caucasus Emirate, stands out for his radical position that doctrinally justifies violence against Jews and the State of Israel, which he believes should not exist.

Russian state news agency Ria Novosti shared photos of the terrorist named Feridun Şemsettin taken in Istanbul. In the photos posted on his Instagram account on February 23, it is seen that the terrorist visited Aksaray and went to Fatih Mosque. It is also noteworthy that the terrorist enjoyed a mixed breakfast in Istanbul, where he traveled like a tourist.

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In almost all of the photographs, the location was identified as Aksaray district. I hope it is now better understood why they came to Istanbul.

Shamsidin Fariduni, who was captured after the terrorist attack at a concert hall in Russia that killed 139 people, said he carried out the attack for money and that he was offered 500,000 rubles ($5,400). Fariduni said he entered Russia from Turkey on March 4 and was told by an unnamed person that he had carried out the massacre at the Crocus City Hall for $5,400. According to the interrogation records, Fariduni left Russia for Turkey because his visa had expired and then traveled back to Moscow.

And others

The 4 terrorists, all Tajik citizens, who organized the bloody attack claimed by ISIS, were arrested by the court. “The Basmanny District Court of Moscow issued a detention order for 1 month and 28 days against suspects Dalercon Mirzoyev, Saidakram Murodali Rachabalizoda, Shamsidin Fariduni / Feridun Shamseddin and Muhammadsobir Fayzov”

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Muhammadsobir Fayzov, the youngest of the arrested suspected terrorists, is from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. He is 19 years old, single. Secondary school graduate, temporarily unemployed. He previously worked in a barbershop in Ivanovo, a five-hour drive north-east of Moscow.

Alisher Kasimov, a Russian citizen of Kyrgyzstan origin, allegedly rented his apartment to the suspects who organized the attack.

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Saidakrami Rachabalizod was also found to have left from Turkey. Saidakram Rajabalizoda arrived in Istanbul on January 5 and stayed at a hotel in Fatih for a while, then returned to Moscow on the same flight with Fariduni. Saidakram Rachabalizoda had part of his ear cut off during his arrest. Rachabalizoda is a citizen of Tajikistan, registered in Podolsk.

The court fined him 5,000 rubles for staying in the country for more than 90 days in 2018 and ordered him to leave the Russian Federation “under independent supervision”. He works at a parquet flooring factory in the Podolsk district of Moscow.

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Another detainee, Dalerdzhon Mirzoyev, 32, is married with four children, the oldest born in 2018. Mirzoyev said he was staying in a hostel in Moscow near the highway, and according to flight data, he traveled frequently between Tajikistan and Moscow. According to the investigation, the leader of the group is Dalerjon Mirzoev. It emerged at the hearing that Mirzoev, 32, is originally from Tajikistan and his 3-month registration period in Novosibirsk had expired. He had no permanent job.

The Tajik terrorists who carried out the Moscow attack had been residing in Moscow for a long time and had entered and left Turkey to extend their residency. There is no arrest warrant against the attackers, meaning they were able to travel freely between Turkey and Russia.

I wrote about the Khorasan branch three years ago!…

Tajikistan, bordering Afghanistan, is a country in Central Asia, a former republic of the USSR, where the Islamic State operates through the Khorasan branch of the Islamic State. After the attack, the security and diplomatic delegations between Ankara and Moscow exchanged remarkable information. For the first time, Turkey mentioned that there were traces of ISIS’s Khorasan Wilayat branch in the attack.

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While pointing to the organization in Turkey, the indictment was pointed to and the following was recorded “The news that the Khorasan organization used Turkey as a base and that the transits were made through Turkey was based on the indictment prepared by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for the ISIS Khorasan Province branch. According to the indictment, ‘ISIS Khorasan’ used Turkey for recruitment, harboring and transfer of militants to Afghanistan via Iran.”

The findings in the indictment are as follows:

“In recent years, militants from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) as well as militants from Turkey have been organized for the Khorasan structure. When these militants, who will be transferred to Afghanistan via Iran, arrive in Turkey, they are welcomed by the ISIS Khorasan Province’s Istanbul officer and placed in hotels around Fatih, Aksaray and Kumkapı.

The militants, who are given fake ‘Afghanistan country IDs’ through the organization’s Khorasan officer, cross the Iranian border via Van and Ağrı. They declare that they are Afghans to the officials at the border crossing and to the Iranian authorities after entering the country. Later, when these militants want to move legally again, they use the hidden passports.”

Khorasan is organized in the former Soviet geography of Central Asia.

The group was supported financially and morally during al-Qaeda’s heyday and quickly spread across Central Asia. This support for the Khorasan organization is now largely assumed to have dried up, but this is clearly a historical misconception.

The Khorasan Organization was founded with fighters from the Soviet space…

Of the 30,000 terrorists from 100 countries who joined Daesh in Syria and Iraq in 2015, 4,700 were from former Soviet countries, and most of them chose Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh as their preferred organizations.

The number of “Atlanticist jihadists” from Russia alone was 2,400, most of them from the North Caucasus. In the same year, 889 people were investigated in Russia for joining fighting groups in Syria and Iraq.

Who from which countries from the Soviet geography joined and why?

Those who joined the ranks of Daesh from the former Soviet geography were linked to the “Caucasus Emirate” and Khorasan Wilayat organizations organized in these regions. The “Caucasus Emirate” was affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the early days and was far from pledging allegiance to the Daesh leader.

For this reason, when the civil conflict in Syria began, the organization’s militants acted together with al-Qaeda-affiliated groups. In the same period, those who joined the “Khorasan Emirate” were the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and “Islamic Jihad” groups in Central Asian countries, and members of these groups had no difficulty in pledging allegiance to Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Groups of fighters from the East Turkistan Uyghur Autonomous Region, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, including Iranian Turks, have joined the war in Syria and Iraq. According to Western sources, 2,46 fighters from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan have participated in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and according to the sources of the aforementioned countries, around 4,000 fighters are alleged to have participated in DAESH.

Putin is right about the motive of the perpetrators!

Putin said 11 people had been detained, including four armed suspects, who had traveled to the Bryansk region, about 340 kilometers southwest of Moscow, to infiltrate Ukraine. The Tajik government, a close ally of Moscow, insists it has not received any “official information” from Russian authorities about the Tajiks allegedly involved in the attack.

But Tajikistan’s Interior Ministry quickly dismissed reports about three of the suspects. They said two of the men were at home in Tajikistan at the time of the attack, while the third was at work in Samara, Russia, more than 600 miles from Moscow.

Especially in the Caucasus, Salafism was violently imposed on the peoples of the region by US moves to support these reactionary religious groups in line with its geopolitical objectives in the region. As early as the 1950s, the CIA collaborated with the “Muslim Brotherhood” to weaken secular Arab nationalism and communism, a policy later supported by Saudi Arabia.

The forbidden love affair between the US and the Islamists was at its hottest in the 1980s, when the US armed the Mujahideen to drive the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. It was the largest and longest-running covert operation in US history. Osama bin Laden’s associates, like Gulbeddin Hekmatyar, notorious for throwing acid in the faces of female students at Kabul University, were the favorite recipients of CIA funds.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Mujahideen, armed by the US, turned into al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The US has been playing a similar dirty game in Syria for more than six years. By deliberately arming rebel groups linked to al-Qaeda to weaken the Syrian government, the US has created the world’s worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, which has fueled the resurgence of the far right in the West. In pursuit of its global imperialist interests, the US allows Saudi Arabia to spread the poisonous Wahhabi ideology that inspires Salafist jihadist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS around the world.

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Indeed, General Wesley Clark, former NATO Commander, admitted in an interview with CNN: “Daesh was created by our friends and allies to destroy Hezbollah.” Edward Snowden revealed that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was created by the British and American secret services and trained by the Mossad.

According to Snowden’s testimony, the secret operation called “The Hornet’s Nest” was intended to gather all the Islamic radicals in the world in one place. According to the NSA documents, the only solution to protect the Zionist presence in the region and the Jewish State was to create an enemy beyond the borders. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was trained by the Mossad in military, theological and speech training.

The power behind the inhuman, primitive and brutal terrorist aggression in Moscow was revealed by US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1998. Asked if he regretted supporting the Islamic conservatives, Brzezinski said: “Which is more important in world history? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some excited Muslims or the liberation of central Europe and the end of the cold war?”

Tajikistan in US orbit!

Tajikistan is neighboring Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and China. Since it does not border the Russian Federation, it can take an anti-Russian position. Close ties with the United States. In June 2022, US Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Michael Kurilla visited Dushanbe.

On August 10-20, 2022, the “Regional Cooperation-2022” exercise was held in Tajikistan under the command of the United States of America (USA). The armies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and Pakistan also took part in the exercise.

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Kurilla met with Tajik President Imamali Rahman and Tajik Defense Minister Sherali Mirzo. During the talks, they discussed the development of relations between Tajikistan and the United States, in particular the strengthening of military-security cooperation.

Kurilla said that the Washington administration had provided Tajikistan with $330 million worth of aid to strengthen the country’s security. According to the website of the US Embassy in Tajikistan, for more than 30 years, the US has invested more than $1.8 billion in the country, which has been spent on economic development, food security, health care, clean water, education, security, access to electricity and strengthening ties between the peoples of the two countries. Indeed, Tajikistan is the largest recipient of US assistance among Central Asian countries.

We will see how Russia will react to terrorism in the coming days. It can be said that the temporarily frozen border dispute between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will reignite. Turkish business people who have investments or plan to invest in Tajikistan should be more careful. Otherwise, there will be many who pay the price in this geography. They will not look anyone in the eye!

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Ömür Ömür Çelikdönmez

Ömür Çelikdönmez: Journalist-Writer. He held various positions in the Turkish Prime Ministry. He writes articles on geopolitics and geostrategy.