2013-11-21 15:46:00

Five Hizb-ut-Tahrir members convicted in Chelyabinsk

Chelyabinsk, November 21, Interfax - The Chelyabinsk Region Court sentenced five activists of the regional unit of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir international terrorist organization on Thursday, the Chelyabinsk regional department of the Federal Security Service said.

Four extremists will be jailed for six years and the fifth for 6.5 years in a high-security facility.

The activists of the outlawed organization apprehended by officers of the Chelyabinsk regional department of the Federal Security Service in August 2012 created a network of secret organizations in Chelyabinsk although they were aware of Russia's ban on Hizb-ut-Tahrir operations.

"The network aimed to recruit new members for operations aimed at seizing power and changing the constitutional system of the Russian Federation through the affiliation of a part of its territory with the Great Caliphate, in particular, using military methods," the department said.

The Hizb-ut-Tahrir activists were recruiting people who belonged to social and religious groups in 2009-2011. The recruits were introduced to extremist printed and video materials and urged to engage in extremist activities and to develop a negative attitude towards contemporary states, their constitutional systems and state borders at weekly religious meetings.