A court in the Russian city of St. Petersburg has jailed three members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir organization.
Two men, Karim Ibragimov and Eldar Ramazanov, were found guilty on August 17 of organizing a Hizb ut-Tahrir cell in the city and sentenced to 17 and 16 years in jail, respectively, the same day.
The third man, Ilyas Kagirov, was found guilty of being a member of a banned extremist group and received five years in jail.
The men were arrested in 2014 and 2015.
Russia's Supreme Court banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003, designating it a "terrorist organization."
The group is also banned across Central Asia.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a London-based Sunni political organization. It seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate but says its methods for reaching that goal are peaceful.