“Hizb ut-Tahrir” members arrested on the Crimea
Members of the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” organisation (forbidden and recognised as being terrorist in Russia) have been taken in custody in the Crimea.
The Crimean public prosecution office informed that four members of the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” organisation were arrested in the Crimea on a charge of founding a branch of the extremist organisation. The group worked in Yalta and Alushta. The public prosecution office initiated a criminal case in accordance with the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation 205.5 “Organising and taking part in a terrorist organisation”. The prosecutor of the Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya controls the case. Natalya Poklonskaya claimed that it is not acceptable to consider this case as being national or religious as it is to do with the terrorist organisation.
Once the arrest of the terrorist organisation members was announced, Lenur Islyamov (member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People) made a statement in their support. In his interview to the online outlet “15 minute”, he claimed that his team-mates have been arrested so that “to wipe out the identity of the Crimean Tatar people”. To set the prisoners free he is ready to make an incursion into the peninsula territory with his followers. It is worth reminding that it was reported on the 18th of January that a military group under command of Islyamov was founded. The group is called the volunteer Crimean Tatar squadron. Such an initiative provoked Kiev’s indignation as the government does not welcome military organisations which do not comply with the Ukrainian authorities.
Islyamov was initially for the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. Yet, he is currently an opponent of the Russian politics. Together with other members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, he organised the power and food blockade of the peninsula last year. As members of the Mejlis do not find effective support among those who live in the peninsula, they hope they can be supported by various ideological groups. While “Hizb ut-Tahrir” aims at establishing a global caliphate and do not care about national issues, Lenur Islyamov tries to take advantage of any protest movement.