Simferopol, July 7, Interfax - Six people were detained on suspicion of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organization declared terrorist and banned in Russia, in Crimea on Tuesday, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov told Interfax.
"Searches have been carried out; they were carried out by employees of the Federal Security Service (FSB). Six people have been detained. The seventh person, an elderly man, was supposed to be detained, but he wasn't found at home," Kurbedinov said.
Lawyers were not allowed into the Muslims' homes, where the searches were being conducted, he said.
"The six detainees are already at the FSB branch in Sevastopol, and lawyers have gone there. The charges are participation in Hizb ut-Tahrir, Article 205.5 of the Russian Criminal Code," Kurbedinov said.
Two detainees were offered the chance to cooperate with investigators, but they refused, he said.
The Crimea branch of the FSB has not yet made any official comments.
As reported earlier, on Tuesday morning, FSB officers conducted searches in four districts in Crimea: the Bakhchisaraisky, Krasnogvardeisky, and Simeferopolsky districts, as well as in Alushta.
In 2003, the Russian Supreme Court banned Hizb ut-Tahrir's activities in Russia, having recognized it as a terrorist organization.