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Five Hizb ut-Tahrir Members Sentenced In Russia's Bashkortostan

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