ST. PETERSBURG (QHA) -

The Federal Security Service (FSB) reported that a new group of members of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization was identified and arrested within the framework of complex operational search activities. The number of detainees and the circumstances of the investigation are not specified.

The detainees are charged with an article of organizing terrorist activities punishable in Russia with 15 to 20 years imprisonment.

According to official data of the Russian side, a total of nine people were arrested in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case - terrorist organization banned in Russia - of which seven have been convicted and received a real terms, on an average of 13 years of imprisonment in a colony. The FSB trumped-up cases against Crimean Tatars on charges of having links with this organization have not been included in the specified number for some reason.

It was reported earlier that Russian special service officers regularly use the pretext of fighting against the banned in Russia "Hizb ut-Tahrir" for repression against the Crimean Tatars in the occupied peninsula. Thus, more than 20 people were arrested under this pretext in the territory of annexed Crimea.

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