Fresh from jailing and charging 4 young mothers last week, the Russian authorities’ latest action against Hizb ut-Tahrir has been the sentencing for ~13 years of a member of the Hizb after nearly 2 years of ongoing incarceration.
Russia relies on designating Hizb ut-Tahrir as a “terrorist organisation” to justify its ongoing crackdown and oppression of its members. It undertakes mass raids on the activities and circles of the Hizb and treats its members, students and supporters appallingly in jail and through its “judicial process”. The farcical designation sees evidence planted and fabricated against members in some cases, and “possession of literature” become a crime in others.
We ask Allah (swt) to make it easy on our brothers and sisters in Russia, and indeed all Muslims who feel the weight of Putin’s and his government’s oppressive authority.
‘Local Leader’ Of Banned Islamic Group Jailed In St.Petersburg
A court in the Russian city of St Petersburg has sentenced a man to 12 1/2 years in prison on charges of being a leader of the banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir organization.
Sergei Yablokov was found guilty of “organizing the activities of a terrorist group,” his defense lawyer said on March 30.
The lawyer, Vladimir Spiridovich, said Yablokov pleaded guilty and “repented.”
Yablokov was arrested along with another alleged leader of a Hizb-ut-Tahrir cell in St. Petersburg, Roman Ivanov in June 2014.
Ivanov is being tried separately.
Russia’s Supreme Court banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir in 2003, designating it a “terrorist organization.”
The group is also banned across Central Asia.
Hizb- ut-Tahrir, a London-based Sunni political organization, seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate.