Activism, Europe, Side Feature

The Vast Majority of Political Prisoners in Russia are the Shabab from Hizb ut Tahrir!

On 14 June IA “” reports: “In the lead-up to the World Cup in Russia, “Memorial” published the lists of political prisoners. The list of those persecuted in connection with the realization of the right to freedom of religion and religious affiliation grew from 97 to 108 people. The vast majority of those whose names were included in this list are accused of participating in the organization “Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami”, declared terrorist in Russia without any grounds – these are the convicted in two cases in Moscow and Bashkortostan Aidar Aydarbekov, Radik Imangulov, Sukhrob Ironov, Mirzobahovaddin Kurbonov, Nail Miniakhmetov, Akmalchon Numonchonov, Maxim Puigin, Naimjon Khodzhaev, Albert Shafiev; and Nariman Memedeminov, a Crimean Tatar activist accused in a similar case. There are 158 people in the lists that we publish today: 50 of them are included in the general list of political prisoners, 108 – in the list of persons deprived of their liberty in connection with the realization of the right to freedom of religion.”


There are 237 Shabab currently deprived of liberty for Hizb ut Tahrir cases as a whole in Memorial’s list. There are also women on the lists. Shabab are sentenced to an unconditional prison terms of up to 19 years of imprisonment. Today, 20 Shabab are being tried in Bashkiria. The prosecutor demanded to sentence these Shabab to 25 years of imprisonment and a fine of 500 thousand rubles.

The barbarous Russia has long positioned itself as an enemy of Islam and Muslims. Looking in the history at a quick glance, we can see that, as far back as the 16th century, Tsar Ivan the Terrible had seized the lands of Muslims – the Kazan, Astrakhan and Siberian Khanates. Capturing the city, these barbarians did not spare any women, old men, or children plundered the cities and killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims.

The military campaigns of the barbarians to the lands of Muslims continued in the 17-18th centuries, this happened in the Caucasus. The 19th century was marked by a war against the Ottoman Caliphate. The newly formed dictatorship of communism in the early 20th century in the USSR, on the basis of a materialistic idea, continued the war against Islam and Muslims in the direction of Central Asia. After the Second World War, the regime of disbelieving communists carried out the mass purges of the Muslims of the Crimea and the Caucasus. The Crimean Tatars, Chechens, Ingush, Dagestani were all sent to Central Asia. In Central Asia itself, hundreds of thousands of Muslims were killed, including most theologians and scholars.

This hateful policy towards Islam and Muslims continues today. The authorities persecute the Muslims of Russia with particular cruelty and sophistication, in particular the Shabab from Hizb ut-Tahrir. To arrest one Shabab of Hizb ut Tahrir, barbaric power sends about 20 military special forces armed to the teeth in special uniforms and masks. No power in any other country in the world accuses Hizb ut Tahrir of a terrorist organization, unlike the Russian authorities. No authority in any other country in the world can pass a verdict on the Shabab of Hizb from 15 to 20 years of imprisonment. As far as the barbaric power in Russia is afraid of Islam and the word of truth from Hizb ut Tahrir’s Shabab!!!

Therefore, the position of Muslims in relation to the barbaric power of Russia should be clear and definite. The Muslims face an enemy on behalf of the Russian government, which persecutes Muslims not only in Russia, but also in Syria, Central Asia and other parts of the world.

The deliverance of Muslims of Russia, Central Asia and other countries from the barbarous enmity of the Russian authorities is in the image of our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, namely, the revival of the righteous state of the Khilafah (Caliphate) by the method of Prophethood. This is an ideological and political struggle together with Hizb ut Tahrir against the regimes of tyrants and disbelievers.

With the revival of the righteous state, the Khilafah (Caliphate), headed by the righteous ruler, Muslims will find a shield that will protect all Muslims of the world from the persecution of disbelieving colonizers and their henchmen, in the face of the corrupt Muslim rulers. As our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: «إنما الإمام جنة يقاتل من ورائه و يتقى به» “The Imam is a shield, behind whom you fight and you protect yourself with.” The hadith narrated by Imam Muslim.

And may Allah help us.


Eldar Khamzin

Member of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir