The Moscow District Military Court has sentenced 11 Central Asian members of the Daesh militant group to prison terms ranging from six to 18 years.
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) told TASS news agency that "the specified persons in two terrorist cells were simultaneously detained by FSB employees on November 12 2016, in Moscow and St. Petersburg".
FSB explained that "the terrorists, one of whom came from Syria, planned to carry out terror attacks, as well as mass murders of citizens in crowded places. They were going to capture all attacks on video for further release on Internet."
According to the Federal Security Service, the detainees faced charges of "plotting terror attacks, participation in terrorist societies and organisations, training for terrorist purposes and the illegal storage of arms and explosive devices."
According to the security service, six terrorists were sentenced to 14 to 18 years in jail while the rest were sentenced to six years' imprisonment.