In St. Petersburg eight participants «Hizb ut-Tahrir»* sentenced

© RIA Novosti / Kirill Chocowinity of the sentence to members of Hizb ut-Tahrir* in St. Petersburg. 26 July 2018In St. Petersburg eight participants «Hizb ut-Tahrir»* sentenced© RIA Novosti / Kirill Chulkov

The Moscow district military court in a visiting session in St. Petersburg on Thursday sentenced eight members of the St. Petersburg cell of the banned terrorist organization «Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami»*, the correspondent of RIA news from the hall of the Leningrad district military court.

The case began to listen to the 16 July. According to the indictment, appeared before the court six citizens of the Russian Federation Maxim Tsvetkov, Aziz Yusufov, Artur Akhmedov, Islam Akhmedov Magomed Achimov and Eldar Mamedov, as well as citizens of Tajikistan Farhod Nurmatov and Myrzamurat Mirzosharipov. Seven of the eight defendants pleaded guilty.

As was announced by the judge of the Moscow military district court, Yevgeny Zubov, Achimov and Yusufov received for 5 years, Akhmedov Islam Mammadov, Flowers — 5 years and 6 months, and Mirzosharipov Nurmatov — 6 years in a penal colony without the penalty. Artur Ahmedov was sentenced to 10 years 6 months in the colony, also without penalty. The court was announced introductory and operative part of the judgment.

The defendants were arrested in St. Petersburg in the period of 2016-2017 years. All eight were charged with committing a crime under part 2 of article 205.5 of the criminal code («participation in the activities of a terrorist organisation»). The investigation led the investigation service of the FSB of Russia in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. From the sentence under article 282 of the criminal code (inciting hatred and enmity) the defendants were released due to expiration of the limitation period.

According to the indictment, the defendants were recruiting new members of terrorist organizations, and conducted training sessions. The defendants had previously been witnessed in cases of previously convicted members of the St. Petersburg cell of «Hizb ut-Tahrir»*.


*A terrorist organization banned in Russia.