Rus­sia detains Crimean ac­tivists


Rus­sia’s do­mes­tic se­cu­rity agency said Wednesday it de­tained six peo­ple in Crimea ac­cused of in­volve­ment in an ex­trem­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, a move de­scribed by one of the sus­pects’ lawyer as part of Moscow’s crack­down on the Crimean Tatars.

Emil Kurbe­di­nov, a lawyer for one of the six de­tainees, said that po­lice also rounded up nine other Crimean Tatars who protested the de­ten­tions in the Crimean town of Bakhchis­arai.

The Fed­eral Se­cu­rity Ser­vice or FSB, the main KGB suc­ces­sor agency, said it has stopped the ac­tiv­i­ties of a lo­cal cell of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a rad­i­cal Is­lamist group which Rus­sia and sev­eral other exSoviet na­tions banned as a “ter­ror­ist” or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The FSB said in a state­ment car­ried by Rus­sian news agen­cies that it has opened a crim­i­nal probe against six peo­ple sus­pected of in­volve­ment in the group.

Kurbe­di­nov, a lawyer for Suleiman Asanov, whom the FSB ac­cused of or­ga­niz­ing the cell, de­scribed the charges as “ab­surd.”

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