Russian police arrest 31 members of Hizb ut-Tahrir terror cell
MOSCOW, February 5 (RAPSI) – Police in Russian Respublic of Bashkortostan have arrested 31 members of the international organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is designated as a terrorist organization and prohibited in Russia, TASS reported on Thursday, citing the republican department of the Federal Security Service (FSB).
The alleged terrorists have been sent to pre-trial detention to await the court’s ruling on measures of their restraint.
According to the republican FSB department, they have acted on the basis of available information about the operation of a Hizb ut-Tahrir group in Ufa and the Ufa and Chishmy districts of Bashkortostan. The 31 group members were arrested at their places of residence on February 4.
The security police have also confiscated materials on the federal list of extremist literature, technical equipment, electronic media, and other propaganda materials.
Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (Islamic Party of Liberation) has been declared a terrorist organization in many countries. Russia’s Supreme Court prohibited it in 2003. The organization’s goal is to remove non-Muslim governments and to establish Islamic rule on a global scale by creating a “worldwide caliphate.”