The FSB of Russia detained in Crimea three leaders and four members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami tergroup *. This was reported by the press service of the department.

“Employees of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in cooperation with units of the Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Service of the National Guard of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Crimea prevented the activities of the cell of the international terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami,” the ministry said.

The FSB specified that the detainees carried out "unconstitutional activities based on the doctrine of creating the so-called" world caliphate ", destroying the institutions of secular society and aimed at overthrowing the current government by force."

In particular, they spread terrorist ideology among local residents and recruited Crimean Muslims into their ranks. During searches in terrorists' homes, propaganda materials prohibited by Russia, groups, communications, electronic media used in terrorist activities were discovered.

“The investigative unit of the security agency has opened criminal cases against detainees,” the FSB said.

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Earlier, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov told RIA Novosti that six people were detained in Crimea on suspicion of participating in a terrorist organization. He specified that the searches were carried out by officers of the FSB and the Center for Combating Extremism, lawyers went to all the addresses of the searches.

In December 2019, FSB and MVD officers also detained two leaders and seven active members of Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami in Moscow and Chelyabinsk.

“It was established that, at the direction of foreign emissaries, the detainees carried out purposeful work to spread the ideology of a terrorist organization in the territory of the Russian Federation aimed at overthrowing the current government by force,” the FSB reported then.

Detainees at conspiracy gatherings also recruited local Muslims and labor migrants in Russia into a grouping.

Recall that President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with members of the Presidential Human Rights Council on December 10, 2019 commented on the decision of the Supreme Court to recognize this organization as terrorist. The head of state said that the ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir’s activities is mandatory on Russian territory and recalled that the influence of the ideology of this organization has already had grave consequences.

“This organization was created in 1953 in Jerusalem ... by a judge of the Sharia court. In its statutory fundamental documents, it directly proclaims the need to create a world caliphate by seizing power and promoting its ideas in various countries of the world, and the Russian state is no exception, ”Putin emphasized.

He added that the organization is banned in all states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as well as in many Muslim countries, for example, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia. 

The President added that Hizb ut-Tahrir prohibits its members from turning to other religions, intervenes in private and family life, and also prohibits, for example, blood transfusion, including for children who need it vitally.

“The last tragic incident occurred in the Russian Federation, in Kabardino-Balkaria, last year. The baby is dead. Where help was given to the adherents of this church, this movement, so to speak, forcibly, forcibly, they managed to save the children there, ”Putin said.

It is worth noting that at the end of June the FSB of Russia detained a man born in Vladikavkaz in 1990 who planned to carry out a terrorist attack near one of the administrative buildings of the republican center. The detainee turned out to be a supporter of the Islamic State terrorist group *. 

In addition, in May in Dagestan, security forces neutralized six militants who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks. According to the committee, the militants were also associated with the IG.

* “Party of Islamic Liberation” (“Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami”) - the organization was recognized as terrorist by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of February 14, 2003.

* “Islamic State” (ISIS, ISIS) - the organization was recognized as terrorist by decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of December 29, 2014.