31 October 2011, 17:51
Three Hizb ut-Tahrir activists seized in Bashkortostan
Ufa, October 31, Interfax - A covert unit of the Hizb ut-Tahrir international terrorist organization, outlawed by the Russian Supreme Court, has been seized in Sibai, Bashkortostan, the republican department of the Federal Security Service said.
The organizer and leader of the group, native of the Baimak district of Bashkortostan, Ramil Sharipov, was taken into custody. He was a witness to a Hizb ut-Tahrir case in 2008. The police also detained his two close associates - Rinat Arginbayev, who joined the organization in 2010, and Rustem Gibadatov.
One of them was recruiting new members to Hizb ut-Tahrir in Sibai and the other hosted meetings of the extremists at his home, the department said.
The detainees were engaged in Hizb ut-Tahrir propaganda in Bashkortostan, recruited local residents to the organization for stirring up separatist feelings with the goal of changing the political and state structure of Russia, and took purposeful efforts to split the society and to create conditions for a change of the constitutional system, the department said.
Plenty of magazines, brochures, leaflets and video films were seized in the searches done at the suspects' homes on October 21. All of those materials were proclaimed extremist by court.
The unit's leader and his accomplices were charged with organizing an extremist organization on October 27.
Sharipov made partial confessions, and the confessions of Gibadatov and Arginbayev were full.
The investigation continues.
Hizb ut-Tahrir units were neutralized in Birsk, Tuimazy, Sterlitamak, Salavat and Ufa in Bashkortostan in June to early October 2011. Six supporters of the international terrorist organization acting in Kumertau and Tuimazy were sentenced.
Hizb ut-Tahrir started its activity in Bashkortostan in 2001. It spread to a number of towns and cities later on.