Five members of the banned Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir have been sentenced in Russia's Republic of Bashkortostan.
A court in Bashkortostan’s southeastern town of Sibai on April 25 sentenced a local resident, Vadim Khabirov, 35, to two years in jail "for organizing and coordinating an extremist religious group."
Four other defendants were fined between 80,000 ($2,250) and 150,000 rubles ($4,200).
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a London-based Sunni political organization that seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate.
Russia's Supreme Court banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003, branding its members and supporters as "extremists."
Based on reporting by Russia's Investigative Committee and Interfax