A criminal complaint was unsealed on Friday in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kazakhstan with providing and attempting to provide material support, including training, services and personnel, to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B.
Asainov was detained overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and recently transferred into FBI custody.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York, Assistant Director Mike McGarrity for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office FBI and Commissioner James P. O’Neill of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the charges.
As alleged in the complaint and other court filings, the defendant who lived in Brooklyn, New York, traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, in n December 2013, which is a common transit point to obtain entry into Syria.
(Prosecutors charged 42-year-old Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a U.S. citizen who had a residence in Bay Ridge, after he was captured by Syrian authorities. Courtesy of CBS New York and YouTube. Posted on Jul 19, 2019.)