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Hizb Ut-Tahrir Member Jailed In St. Petersburg

A court in the Russian city of St. Petersburg has jailed a member of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir organization.

Dmitry Mikhailov, an ethnic Russian, was found guilty on November 29 of organizing a Hizb ut-Tahrir cell in the city and sentenced to 16 years in prison on the same day.

Mikhailov pleaded guilty.

A total of nine people linked to Hizb ut-Tahrir have been arrested and brought to trial in St. Petersburg since 2014. Most of them have been sentenced to long prison terms.

Russia's Supreme Court banned the group in 2003, designating it a terrorist organization.

The London-based Sunni political organization is also banned across Central Asia.

Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate but says its methods for reaching that goal are peaceful.

Based on reporting by and Interfax