Moscow, December 3, Interfax - The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), acting in cooperation with the Interior Ministry divisions for Moscow and Chelyabinsk, has detained two leaders and seven active members of Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, which is banned in Russia as a terrorist organization, the FSB press office told Interfax in a statement.
The detainees include both Russian citizens and people originally from Central Asian countries, the statement said.
"Search and investigative operations have helped determine that, acting on instructions from foreign emissaries of international terrorist organizations, the detained individuals worked purposefully to spread the terrorist organization's ideology around the Russian Federation, with the aim of violently overthrowing the incumbent government. They recruited local Muslims and migrant workers residing in Russia at secret meetings," it said.
Hizb ut-Tahrir propaganda materials, communication devices, and electronic data storage devices were found and seized at the homes of the detained persons, the statement said.
FSB investigative divisions have opened criminal cases against the said individuals, it said.