Russia Detains Two Alleged Members Of Banned Group In St. Petersburg

مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ ۖ فَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ قَضَىٰ نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَنْتَظِرُ ۖ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلًا

“Among the believers there are men who have been true to the contract they made with Allah. Some of them have fulfilled their pact by death and some are still waiting to do so, not having changed in any way at all.”

(Al-Ahzab, 33:23)


Security officials in Russia’s second largest city say they have detained two alleged members of a banned Islamic organization.

Federal Security Service officials in St. Petersburg said on April 2 that the two Russian citizens, whose names were not disclosed, are suspected of leading a cell of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir group in the city.

The two face charges of organizing a terrorist group and participation in a terrorist organization’s activities.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a London-based Sunni political organization that seeks to unite all Muslim countries in an Islamic caliphate.

Hizb ut-Tahrir says it is peaceful, but Russia’s Supreme Court banned it in 2003, branding it a terrorist organization.

The organization has also been banned in former Soviet republics in Central Asia.