A Russian court has sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for being a member of the banned Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
The court in the city of St. Petersburg found Isa Ragimov, 46, guilty on November 21 of organizing activities of a terrorist group, and sentenced him the same day.
Ragimov, who was arrested in April 2015, pleaded guilty. He became the eighth man sentenced in St. Petersburg for being a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir since 2014.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a global organization based in London that seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate.
Russia's Supreme Court banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003, branding its supporters as "extremists."
Members of the group insist the group is peaceful.
Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax