Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov

Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
3 August 2016
Date(s) on which the narrative summary was updated: 
3 August 2016
Reason for listing: 

Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov was listed on 3 August 2016 pursuant to paragraphs 3 and 5 of resolution 2253 (2015) as being associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to”, “recruiting for” and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of Al-Qaida (QDe.004), Al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant (QDe.137) and Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) (QDe.088).

Additional information: 

Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov has been a member of terrorist organizations operating in the Northern Caucasus, Russian Federation since 1998. Vakhitov has repeatedly participated in attacks against representatives of Russian law-enforcement agencies. Vakhitov was involved in recruiting fighters for North Caucasus terrorist groups in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation.

In 2000, Vakhitov underwent combat training in one of the camps of Islamic Party of Turkestan, listed as the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) (QDe.088) located in the Republic of Tajikistan, after which he was deployed to Afghanistan.

In 2010, Vakhitov underwent additional training in terrorist camps in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border area, after which he joined the ranks of "Bulgarskiy Jamaat". In late 2012, a part of Jamaat members led by Vakhitov left for Syrian Arab Republic, where they joined the Al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant (ANF) (QDe.137), making up the so-called "Bulgar Group".

Currently, Vakhitov leads a group of about 100 fighters, which mostly consist of natives of the North Caucasus and Povolzhye regions of the Russian Federation.

In 2012-2013, Vakhitov was involved in recruiting Russian citizens over the Internet and social networks in the interests of the ANF, specifically to replenish its ranks and thereafter fight on the group’s behalf.