Russian prosecutors ask media watchdog to block websites supporting Hizb ut-Tahrir

يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى اللَّهُ إِلَّا أَنْ يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ

“They desire to extinguish Allah’s Light with their mouths. But Allah refuses to do other than perfect His Light, even though the kafirun detest it.”

(At-Tawba, 32)

Moscow, April 3, Interfax – The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has urged the country’s information technology and media watchdog (Roskomnadzor) to limit access to websites that support the activities of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami terrorist organization, Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Marina Gridneva told Interfax on Friday.

“Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin, acting in line with regulations set by the federal law ‘On information, information technologies and information protection’, demanded that Roskomnadzor limit access to websites advertizing the activities of the Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization and calling for extremism,” Gridneva said.

The Russian Supreme Court earlier branded Hizb ut-Tahrir as a terrorist organization and banned its activities on Russian territory.

Access to websites promoting the ideas of this terrorist organization was earlier restricted at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, she said.

“However, this information again became accessible to an unlimited number of Internet users after ‘mirror’ websites were created. As part of efforts to suppress any destructive propaganda activities on the Internet, the Prosecutor General’s Office has been taking measures to track down such new ‘mirror’ websites and redirects and to block access to all banned websites,” Gridneva said.