In news that confirms the pattern of mass raids and arrests that Russian authorities have executed in the past, Interfax today reported that in one raid last year (2015) Russian authorities arrested more than 50 members of Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Russian authorities are notorious for fabricating “evidence” and alleged plots on the part of members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has grown significantly in Russia over the last decades and which the Putin administration has made it an aim to combat.

To this end, mass arrests of members, including women, of Hizb ut-Tahrir, are not uncommon. This news confirms that one of the largest raids took place in October last year, as was highlighted by Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Media Office at the time. Russian media outlets like Interfax expectedly parrot the fabrications around supposed “terrorist” plots and continue to describe Hizb ut-Tahrir as a “terrorist organisation”, language long deployed by the Russian government.

We ask Allah to make it easy for Muslims in Russia, including the sincere activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir, who continue their work in spite of such obstacles.

Moscow police chief reports detention of 52 Hizb ut-Tahrir members last fall

Moscow, March 23, Interfax – More than 50 members of Hizb ut-Tahrir (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) were apprehended by the Moscow region police in a special operation last fall, head of the Russian Interior Ministry’s Moscow city department Anatoly Yakunin has said.

“Fifty-six members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami Islamic Party of Liberation were detained in October 2015 during operative and investigative procedures conducted jointly by the Federal Security Service department in Moscow and the Moscow Region, the Interior Ministry and the Interior Ministry’s Moscow city department in the criminal inquiry into the involvement of terrorist activities,” Yakunin said at a meeting of the Moscow City Duma on Wednesday.