Moscow District Military Court in St. Petersburg sentenced to jail three members of the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization banned in Russia, reported TASS.
Karim Ibrahimov and Eldar Ramazanov have been sentenced to 17 and 16 year in colony, while Ilyas Kagirov will spend five years in a penal colony.
Russian authorities believe that Ibragimov and Ramazanov created a branch of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization in St. Petersburg, as well as a media office and an Internet video channel "Islam in St. Petersburg."
The court declared that the persons named were involved in "spreading the ideas of an Islamic state and Islamic identity," read forbidden literature, discussed world news and activities of the "Hizb ut-Tahrir."
In total, nine people involved in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" were arrested at various times in St. Petersburg. Four of them have already been convicted.