SIMFEROPOL, April 17. /TASS/. The Crimean branch of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has held a joint operation with border guards on the border with Ukraine to detain a person suspected of involvement in the activity of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia), the regional branch reported on Wednesday.
"Upon crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border at the Armyansk checkpoint, a resident of the village of Kamenka from the Simferopol district was detained. He is suspected of participation in the activity of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami international terrorist organization," the FSB’s Crimean branch said.
A criminal case has been opened against the suspect on charges stipulated by part 2, article 205.5 of Russia’s Criminal Code ("Organizing the Activity of a Terrorist Group and Participating in the Activity of Such an Organization").
Investigative measures are underway and a measure of restraint is being chosen for the suspect.
Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (the Party of Islamic Liberation) is an international religious and political organization founded in 1953. Its goal is to remove all non-Islamic governments and bring back Muslims to the "truly Islamic way of life."
Russia’s Supreme Court banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003 designating it as a terrorist organization.