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Russia Detains Two Alleged Members Of Banned Group In St. Petersburg

Security officials in Russia's second largest city say they have detained two alleged members of a banned Islamic organization.

Federal Security Service officials in St. Petersburg said on April 2 that the two Russian citizens, whose names were not disclosed, are suspected of leading a cell of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir group in the city.

The two face charges of organizing a terrorist group and participation in a terrorist organization’s activities.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a London-based Sunni political organization that seeks to unite all Muslim countries in an Islamic caliphate.

Hizb ut-Tahrir says it is peaceful, but Russia's Supreme Court banned it in 2003, branding it a terrorist organization.

The organization has also been banned in former Soviet republics in Central Asia.

Based on reporting by and RIA

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