4 Oct. 2021 15:14

The Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB) has dug a covert cell of the Islamist network Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT), which operated in Moscow and the Moscow region. Two leaders and six active supporters of the movement were arrested.

The arrests were made during a joint special operation by the FSB, units of the Russian Interior Ministry and the Russian National Guard, the news agency said TASS on Monday, citing the press service of the Russian domestic intelligence service. The authority did not initially specify when the operation took place.

According to the FSB press service, the HuT sympathizers are said to have engaged in unconstitutional activity based on “the doctrine of the creation of a so-called ‘global caliphate’ and the dissolution of institutes of a secular society”. This was aimed at a “violent overthrow of the incumbent government,” it said.

The supporters of the movement, which has been banned in the Russian Federation since 2003, are said to have gone into hiding in conspiratorial rented apartments and gathered there. They are said to have spread a terrorist ideology among the residents of the Moscow region.

In the course of the searches of the Islamists’ hideout, numerous propagandistic publications by the HuT, communication media and electronic data carriers that were banned in Russia were seized. The Russian investigators opened criminal proceedings against the members of the network.

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