19 July 2012
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Around 100 people brought to Moscow region police stations for checks of Hizb ut-Tahrir links
Moscow, October 20, Interfax - A cell of the international terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir has been eliminated in the Moscow region, Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Alexeyeva has said.
"As a result of an operation, 97 people have been brought to interior-system bodies to be checked on the subject of involvement in unlawful activity and 20 members, including leaders of the extremist cell, have been arrested under Article 91 of the Russian Criminal Code. Whether they should be remanded in custody will be decided in the very near future," Alexeyeva said.
The members of the said extremist group recruited new adherents among people professing Islam, distributed banned religious literature, and collected money, including for the purpose of providing assistance to militants belonging to armed groups, she said.
"Special operations were carried out as part of a criminal inquiry into the organizing of and membership in a terrorist organization, which was launched by Moscow investigators of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). Searches carried out at 24 addresses, Hizb ut-Tahrir members had resided, led to the seizure of bank cards and a large number of extremist materials, both in electronic format and in print, and of other banned literature calling for the overthrow of the Russian constitutional system and the creation of a global Caliphate," the Interior Ministry spokesperson said.
A source in law enforcement agencies told Interfax earlier on Tuesday that around 20 supporters of the radical Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir (banned in Russia) had been arrested in the Moscow region and dozens of others were being checked on the subject of involvement in extremism.
Earlier on Tuesday, Moscow's Lefortovo Court remanded Obidzhon Dzhurabayev and Abdukayum Makhsudov, who have been accused of recruiting people for a terrorist organization, into custody.
A court spokesman told Interfax that the court had ruled in favor of investigators' request seeking a custodial term for the suspects.
According to the case files, the two face charges of organizing the activities of a terrorist organization (Part 1 of Article 205.5 of the Russian Penal Code). They have been remanded into custody until December 13, 2015.