Karim, a Dagestani who claimed to have fought for ISIS in the past, said he had been contacted by FSB when he was released from a Russian jail in 2019. He said he was afraid to refuse the offer of the officer, so he met the agent in Moscow many times in cafes and other public places near an FSB Office. He said that he refused to provide any information to the agent during their interactions.
"I didn't commit kufr."It would have been unacceptable for Karim to assist an FSB agent in a case against a person who is a believer, he told the independent news website Meduza.
Karim said he left Russia when the FSB officer demanded that he reveal what he knew of people from the Caucasus Emirate - a jihadist group active in rebel-held areas of Syria - as well as ISIS "sleeper cell" members.
Valid, a Caucasus Emirate soldier, was also recruited by the FSB. He was in a Russian jail when the agency found him. The FSB was interested in hiring him as a lone spy to conduct reconnaissance operations in Ukraine at the time. This was reported by the outlet, citing Vera Mironova, a terrorism expert who claimed she received a note from Valid.
Valid also claimed that the KGB had contacted him. He claimed he had declined the FSB's offer to join Russia in its war against Ukraine. Valid's fate is unknown. Mironova noted he had stopped replying after.
The outlet reported that a source with the FSB confirmed they are actively trying to plant undercover agents in Ukraine. The source did say that most of the attempts fail due to problems with operatives.