11 March 2020, 17:53
FSB detains 4 men in Crimea who recruited Muslims
Moscow, March 11, Interfax - Officers of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), acting in collaboration with the Interior Ministry and Russian Guard units in Crimea, have thwarted the activities of a cell of Hizb ut-Tahrir (banned in Russia), by detaining four men suspected of being active members of the organization, the FSB said on Wednesday.
"It has been determined that members of this terrorist group were pursuing anti-constitutional activities based on the doctrine of setting up a so-called global caliphate, destroying the institutions of secular society, and aiming to overthrow the incumbent government in a violent way," the FSB told Interfax.
Members of the cell, "using clandestine measures, propagated terrorist ideology at meetings with residents of the peninsula and recruited Crimean Muslims to their ranks," the FSB said.
In searching the detainees homes, operatives discovered and seized a significant amount of Hizb ut-Tahrir propaganda materials banned in Russia, communication devices, and electronic data storage devices these people used in pursuing their terrorist activities, the FSB said.
FSB investigative units opened criminal cases against the detainees.
Lawyer Edem Semedlyayev had told Interfax earlier on Wednesday that the FSB had detained Seitumer Seitumerov, Rustem Seitmemetov, Amet Suleimanov, Osman Seitumerov, and Enver Mustafayev. The latter was questioned as a witness and let go.
Operatives searched the homes of veterans of the Crimean Tatar movement and young activists of an organization called Crimean Solidarity, Semedlyayev said.
A number of lawyers and civil society activists set up this informal association in 2016 in response to arrests of Crimean Tatars on terrorism charges, which the defendants see as politically motivated.
The Russian Supreme Court designated Hizb ut-Tahrir as a terrorist organization and banned in 2003.