Members of Hizb ur-Tahrir terrorist group charged
16.11.12 15:36 By Vladimir Gordeev, edite by Karina Ayvazova
Russia's Interior Ministry announced on Friday that the alleged members of the radical Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, who were detained on November 12, have officially been charged with storage of weapons, ammunition and the creation of a terrorist group.
"They are thought to be members of the international terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir," the Interior Ministry said. "Five of them are the leaders of its Russian and Moscow departments."
Interior Ministry investigators think that the defendants tried to recruit new members of the organization from Moscow mosques.
The names of the terrorist organization's members who were caught on November 12 have not been disclosed.
An operation to neutralize members of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" was held in several locations around Moscow.
Immediately after the arrests, the police operatives broke into the homes of Islamists. As they later noted, they found and seized ten grenades, two hunting rifles, and six TNT blocks. They also found $3 million, and literature which is banned in Russia and considered extremist.
The ideology of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" is based on calls to overthrow the government, but in non-violent ways.
The ideologists of the radical movement justify themselves using such reasons as "despair and unemployment."
The activities and ideology of radical Islam helps Russian law enforcement agencies: they use "Hizb ut-Tahrir" to "simulate combat terrorism", say some experts.
After the assassinations of Mufti of Tatarstan Ildus Fayzov and his deputy, the police began to pay more attention to the organization than ever before. Immediately after the assassinations, rallies were held with the participation of "Hizb ut-Tahrir."
In mid-September six people from Hizb ut-Tahrir were detained in Bashkortostan while distributing literature and recruiting new members to the organization. In October ideological literature was found in Chelyabinsk, in the office of the Regional Committee for the elections to the Coordinating Council of opposition.
The last major trial of members of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" was held in 2007. Twelve alleged members of the organization were arrested and subsequently detained in Tatarstan. They were charged under Art. 278 of the Criminal Code