Authorities of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan have arrested eight members of the London-based Islamic sect Hizb ut-Tahrir on terrorism charges.
Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, said they found a lot of propaganda material, including printed material and electronic texts with “extremist content” at 20 places linked to the suspects. It added that the eight were involved in recruiting Muslims in the region to engage in “attempted coups in Syria, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries”.
Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, or Islamic Party of Liberation, is considered a terrorist organisation in many countries, including Russia, which banned its activities in 2003 under Supreme Court decision. The Sunni group, which was founded in 1953 in Jerusalem by a Palestinian scholar and judge, is active in 45 countries with a membership of about one million…
(Photo: Supporters of the Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir movement attend a rally in Simferopol, the administrative centre of Crimea in southern Ukraine in December 2013. Reuters)