08 November 2016, 10:31
Hizb ut-Tahrir members detained in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, November 8, Interfax - Officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) have identified and detained further members of the St. Petersburg cell of the Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization, outlawed in Russia.
"These persons were detained as a result of a series of search operations on November 8, 2016. A restraining measure is now being selected for them," the press service of the FSB branch for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region said on Tuesday.
This detention was made as part of an earlier launched criminal investigation into the establishment of this banned terrorist organization's cell in St. Petersburg, it said.
It did not say how many people had been detained.
The press service of the FSB regional branch told Interfax earlier that nine people, among them seven with previous convictions, were detained in St. Petersburg at different times as part of criminal cases opened into participation in Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is outlawed in Russia.
The press service also said that Sergey Yablokov and Roman Ivanov were detained in June 2014. Other persons suspected of being involved with this Hizb ut-Tahrir cell - Gapur Magomedov, Makhamadimin Saliyev, Karim Ibragimov and Eldar Ramazanov - were detained at the same time. Dmitry Mikhailov and Isa Ragimov were detained on similar counts in April 2015, and Ilyas Kagirov was detained in June 2015.
Criminal inquiries were launched into their uncovered activities based on a count of 'organizing a terrorist organization's activity'.
In August 2015, the Moscow District Military Court convicted Magomedov and Saliyev and gave them five-year prison sentences. At the end of March 2016, Yablokov and Ivanov were sentenced to 12 years and six months and 13 years and four months, respectively, in a high-security prison.
Ibragimov, Ramazanov and Kagirov were convicted in August 2016, receiving prison terms of 17, 16 and five years, respectively.
Hizb ut-Tahrir was founded in Palestine in 1953. Its supporters call for the overthrow of the governments in Central Asian republics and the creation of an Islamic caliphate on their territory. Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have designated Hizb ut-Tahrir as a terrorist organization, unlikely the United States and Western Europe countries, where Hizb ut-Tahrir acts unhindered.
Hizb ut-Tahrir members have taken the most active part in provocations against Muslims, including by involving them in attempts to stage coups in Syria, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries.
The Russian Supreme Court designated Hizb ut-Tahrir as a terrorist organization and banned its activity on Russian territory on February 14, 2003.
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