12 May 2016, 18:38
Poklonskaya announces arrest of four Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters in Crimea
Simferopol, May 12, Interfax - Crimean law enforcement officers have arrested four supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a terrorist organization banned in Russia, Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya told Interfax.
"Inquiries and searches are underway, the organizer and members of the cell - four people - have been arrested," she said.
The structure was operating in Bakhchisarai, she said.
Investigators from the Crimean branch of Russia's Federal Security Service have charged one of them with organizing terrorist activity, and the other three with membership in a terrorist organization, Poklonskaya said.
She also commented on the feelings of outrage expressed by Crimean Tatars on social media over the searches in Crimea. "The repressions are being carried out against criminals, crimes have no nationality. All talk of discrimination [against Crimean Tatars] is speculations, deceit and misrepresentation," the prosecutor said.
Six Hizb ut-Tahrir activists were arrested in Crimea earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Zaur Smirnov, chairman of the State Committee for Inter-National Affairs and the Deported Crimeans, said the organization's outreach in Crimea has not been massive, the movement did not have enough time to take root on the peninsula.