Moscow, June 20, Interfax - People suspected of belonging to the international pan-Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is considered terrorist in Russia, have been detained in Dagestan, the Interior Ministry told Interfax.
"Officers from the Interior Ministry department for the Central Federal District, Federal Security Service (FSB) department for Moscow and the Moscow Region, and FSB department for Dagestan have detained three members of the international terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami in Makhachkala and Kaspiysk," it said.
In the course of search and investigative procedures as part of a criminal case opened earlier, policemen and FSB officials identified members of the organization's Moscow branch living in Dagestan and their supporters. Based on rulings by Moscow's Meshchansky District Court, three suspects were detained and seven searches conducted at the homes of those having relation to Hizb ut-Tahrir activities, he said.
"During the searches, extremist literature, a computer, and electronic data storage devices on which extremist materials were stored were found and confiscated," he said.
A criminal case has been opened against the detainees on charges of violent seizure of power or violent retention of power and organization of an extremist organization's activity.