FSB Prevent Hizb ut-Tahrir Activities in Crimea

The Russian Federal Security Service successfully thwarted the activities of followers of the Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization in Crimea.

“The activities of the Bakhchisaray cell of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami international terrorist organization outlawed in Russia have been thwarted,” the FSB said.

Hizb ut-Tahrir followers in Tatarstan.
Hizb ut-Tahrir followers in Tatarstan.

Six cell members were charged under Parts 1 and 2 of Section 205.5 of Russia’s Criminal Code (“Organization of the activities of a terrorist organization and participation in the activities of such an organization”).

The FSB declined to give more information on the basis that a criminal investigation was underway, and that a number of special investigative activities could be jeopardized if informations were divulged.

The Hizb ut-Tahrir is an outlawed terrorist organization in Russia since February 2003. According to Wikipedia: “The Russian government banned Hizb ut-Tahrir not for any terrorist activity, but because the government’s definition of terrorism includes anyone who supports Chechen rebels in their cause for independence from Russia.”

Back in 2016, eleven members of the terrorist organization were detained in Crimea after they were taking part in local cells’ activities. In February 2016, Mufti of Muslims of Crimea haji Emirali Ablaev said supporters of extremist Islamic sects, including Hizb ut-Tahrir cells, intensified their activities on the peninsula.

The terrorist organization is not affiliated with the Islamic State, and see it as a competitor rather than an ally even if they share some common views.

Kiev still doesn’t consider the Hizb ut-Tahrir as a terrorist organization and didn’t consider them as one when Crimea was still part of Ukraine.