In Moscow, 69 leaders and members of the extremist organization Tablighi Jamaat have been detained, as reported by the FSB’s Public Relations Center.
The cell was headed by immigrants from Central Asia, but the group included Russian citizens. The FSB added that members of Tablighi Jamaat conspired against and opposed law enforcement agencies.
The FSB seized forbidden [extremist] literature, communications and electronic media with reports of their work. The investigators have opened a criminal case.
This is not the first operation against the extremists of Tablighi Jamaat. In August, three members of the organization were detained in Bashkortostan, and at the end of last year, seven members of the group were arrested in Moscow. In October, cells of extremists were eradicated in the Crimea.
Tablighi Jamaat was founded in 1926 in India, by Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi. In 2009, the Supreme Court found it to be an extremist organization that “threatens the stability of Russian society and the territorial integrity of the country.”
The fundamentalist organization advocates a return to the model of behavior adopted in early Islam, and was repeatedly accused of links with terrorist groups. According to open sources, most of the supporters of Tablighi Jamaat live in South Asian countries, where there is a partial Muslim population.