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Alleged Hizb Ut-Tahrir Members Arrested In Kyrgyzstan

 By RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service

June 10, 2013

NARYN, Kyrgyzstan — Three alleged members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic group have been arrested in Kyrgyzstan’s northern city of Naryn.

Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security said that a 39-year-old man, said to be the leader of the cell, and two associates were detained on June 10 and charged with inciting religious hatred and illegal possession of extremist materials. .  .

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Kyrgyz Hizb ut-Tahrir ‘Leader’ Arrested

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 15:43

Officials in Kyrgyzstan’s southern Jalal-Abad region say a branch of the banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir organization has been discovered in the region and an alleged leader of the group detained on August 26.

Another alleged member of the group was hospitalized as he felt unwell during the arrest.

Police found books and CDs with extremist content, officials said.

Investigations have been launched into the alleged “calls to overthrow Kyrgyzstan’s constitutional government and spreading extremist ideas.”

Hizb-ut-Tahrir is an international Sunni political party that seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate.

It says it uses peaceful means to pursue its goals but has been banned by many countries in which it is active, including Kyrgyzstan.


Hizb ut-Tahrir recruiting young women

Women who follow extremists often do so on the sly

By Erkin Kamalov


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OSH – Two years ago, Dilnoza, now 13, quit school at her father’s insistence.

  • MVD officials meet with women activists in Osh in August to discuss extremism issues, including the recruitment of women. [Erkin Kamalov] MVD officials meet with women activists in Osh in August to discuss extremism issues, including the recruitment of women. [Erkin Kamalov]

“Many of my female classmates left school and signed up for courses in pattern making and sewing, and others helped their parents with the household,” she said. “I decided to learn the prayers and teach young children the fundamentals of Islam.”

Authorities say growing numbers of women in southern Kyrgyzstan are susceptible to recruitment by extremist groups, particularly Hizb ut-Tahrir, because they are being led astray by poorly trained imams and male relatives.

At Shohid-Tepa Mosque, for example, Ubaidullo I., a 29-year-old Osh resident, said, “The new mullah interprets the Koranic suras incorrectly, distorts the ideas and frequently makes mistakes when reading the Friday prayer.”

The problem is that some clerics lack a proper religious education, Ubaidullo said.

In co-operation with the Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan (DUMK), the Kyrgyz government began inspecting mosques, including Shohid-Tepa, and verifying mullahs’ credentials earlier this year.

Extremism affects women most of all

Women, however, are feeling the biggest impact from extremism, analysts say.

“An alarming situation is taking shape for Muslim women, some of whom are forced to follow their husbands, who adhere to non-traditional Islam,” Damira Karabekova of the NGO Demilgechi Ayaldar told Central Asia Online.

After last year’s ethnic clashes in Osh, “It became difficult to detect women who followed religious sects banned in Kyrgyzstan because they often lead secretive lifestyles,” Karabekova said.

Women drawn in by extremists are most often relatives of members of extremist organisations who call on the women because the extremists generally find it difficult to live on their own for very long, Interior Ministry spokesman Jenish Ashirbayev said.

To prevent extremists’ ideas from spreading in the south, particularly among women, “We need to improve the well-being of the local population, offer education widely, do educational work with them and convince them they have chosen the wrong path,” Osh State University history and social-political studies instructor Guljamal Bekmurzayeva said.

“Women are becoming hostages to the situation: they trust their husbands, fathers and brothers, and later they have to take responsibility for them,” Bekmurzayeva said. “Probably only Allah alone can judge whether this is right or wrong.”

Family pressures on girls

Women are also more susceptible to propaganda since many of them were forced to abandon their education.

When asked about her competency to teach the Koran at such a young age, Dilnoza defends herself, saying “Even when I was young I was reading religious books. My father knows all the suras of the Koran by heart and explains the proper interpretation of each sentence.”

Karabekova urges Kyrgyz authorities to pay serious attention to such situations.

“The fate of girls from families who inculcate them with an incorrect understanding of Islam and force them to read religious books and listen to and watch audio-visual material with illegal content is particularly worrisome,” Karabekova said. “It’s not impossible that some of them will turn out to be extremists in the future and, after that, suicide bombers.”

These young girls are the victims of their families, with little real future, Karabekova said.

“Parents have no right to forbid their children to go to school; it is illegal,” said the source in the presidential office. “In the past, we worked with parents who made their children work instead of going to school. Now, it is the same situation with children who are being sent to mosque instead of to school. We are now developing programmes for this problem.”

On September 12, the State National Security Committee (GKNB) summarised operations from January through August. “(Authorities) detected the activities of 47 persons involved in extremist organisations,” stated the GKNB press release. “Twenty-three dangerous members of domestically banned organisations were detained and prosecuted, including female leaders.”

Kyrgyzstan in extremists’ sights, GKNB says

“Kyrgyzstan is becoming one of the targets for the activities of organisations in the region like Hizb ut-Tahrir and Tablighi Jamaat,” GKNB chief Keneshbek Duishebayev said.

“In recent months, the number of women involved in extremist religious organisations has been increasing,” Ashirbayev said. “On September 5, (police) carrying out a Kara-Suu District Court order … searched homes and seized literature and audio-visual materials with religious content. All of the young women, ages 18 to 40, had fallen for their male relatives’ incitements.”

Recently, officers at the Southern Administration of the Interior Ministry’s 10th Main Administration received information on members of a women’s wing of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Kara-Suu District “who had gathered women around them, especially young girls, and were doing agitation and propaganda for Hizb ut-Tahrir by distributing literature and compact discs,” Ashirbayev added.

The Interior Ministry has stepped up operational and investigative work in order to expose as many extremism-linked young women as possible to normal life.

Hizb ut-Tahrir activist arrested in Kyrgyzstan

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Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:51

Bishkek, February 25, Interfax – An activist of the banned party Hizb ut-Tahrir has been arrested in Kyrgyzstan, the State National Security Committee informed Interfax on Friday.

“An activist, aged 32, was arrested in a residential area in Bishkek on February 22 during a security operation to track down members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir banned religious-extremist organization,” it said.

A large amount of extremist literature was found and seized in the activist’s home. A criminal inquiry was opened.



By Dmitry Shlapentokh (02/16/2011 issue of the CACI Analyst)

On January 17, 2011, Kyrgyz authorities arrested several jihadists who had either been engaged in terrorist actions or planned to do so. The group was known as Jaysh al-Mahdi and its members were engaged in killing members of the local law enforcement, robbing U.S. citizens and attacking Jewish targets. They also planned an attack on the U.S. base in Manas. Most of the members of the group were ethnic Kyrgyz. These events indicate the continuous spread of jihadism to an area where it has not previously been recorded and the increasing interaction between jihadist forces throughout Eurasia.

BACKGROUND: The importance of the new group of jihadists lies in the fact that they were ethnic Kyrgyz. The ethnicity of the group is important, since Jihadism is not yet present in all states of Central Asia. It is not Kyrgyzstan but its neighbor Uzbekistan that is most seriously affected by jihadism, with the presence of the most infamous Central Asian jihadist party, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The importance of jihadism in Uzbekistan is underscored not only by the fact that it is the most populated country in Central Asia, but also because a considerable Uzbek diaspora exists in other countries of Central Asia, including in Kyrgyzstan. There is also a large Uzbek community in Afghanistan. After the end of the civil war in Tajikistan, Uzbek jihadists, especially those of the IMU, were extremely active in Uzbekistan where they engaged in serious terrorist attacks and possibly played a role in the 2005 uprising in Andijan against the authoritarian regime of Islam Karimov. In all of these actions, Uzbek jihadists ignored Kyrgyzstan almost completely. At best, Kyrgyzstan had been a transit to Uzbekistan where jihadists from Afghanistan expected to find a susceptible public.The assumption of Afghani jihadists that Kyrgyzstan was not a place where they would find a receptive audience was hardly groundless. Kyrgyzstan is one of the most unreligious countries in Central Asia, with an educated population and elite and in many ways Russified. It was not accidental that Kyrgyzstan produced Chingiz Aitmatov, one of the most popular Russian language writers in the entire Soviet world. Aitmatov’s legacy represents the spirit of a considerable segment of the Kyrgyz intelligentsia and explains the nature of two out of three post-Soviet Kyrgyz leaders. Askar Akayev, the first post-Soviet president of Kyrgyzstan, was an academician. The current president Rosa Otunbaeva is a Moscow State University graduate.

Kurmanbek Bakiyev, in turn, was influenced by nationalism but not by universalistic jihadism. The June 2010 violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan, where hundreds of Uzbeks perished, could well be traced to this nationalistic fervor. Still, there were no signs of jihadist animus in these events. However, the emergence of Kyrgyz jihadists indicates that universalistic jihadism has started to emerge as an alternative to nationalistic animus in locations where Islam has previously played a secondary role or has not been present at all. It is also important to note that these groups were inspired by Said Buryatsky, ethnically half Buryat and half Russian, who was killed in 2010. His life and preaching indicated that jihadism could be accepted not only by a person for whom Islam is just an element of national tradition but even by someone who had never been exposed to Islam as a part of his national heritage. Buryatsky fought and died in the Northern Caucasus, and his supporters are located in either the North Caucasus or in the Russian heartland; and this is where the Kyrgyz jihadists had received their training, far away from their homeland.

IMPLICATIONS: These events are part of a trend throughout Central Asia and beyond. It is a transition from nationalistic animus as the inspirational motivation for the majority of those Central Asians who wished to create independent states after the collapse of the USSR to universalistic jihadism. Jihadism has become the Islamic substitute for the leftist radicalism of the last century, where Marx’ famous slogan, “The proletariat of all countries unite!” has been replaced by a structurally similar slogan: “Muslims of all lands unite!” A communist/utopian/harmonious society of the future has been replaced by an image of a different kind of utopian society — a global caliphate. Similar to the radicals of the last century, jihadists have acquired increasing numbers of “heroes” – martyrs – who are the most important role models and recruiting tools. It is the emergence of these role models and jihadist ideology in general that explains the recent conversion to jihadism among groups of ethnic Kyrgyz who would hardly have been suspected of being Islamists in the past. Not only have they become ardent jihadists but they are ready to fight and die for the cause; and their existence alone could explain similar processes in other parts of the former USSR and beyond. In all of these cases, increasing numbers of people who either have a very perfunctory engagement with Islam as a part of their national heritage or who had no connection with Islam have suddenly undergone a process of radicalization and become engaged in terrorist activities.This is the case with increasing numbers of converts of Slavic origin. There is a strong tradition of conversion in Russia, although Russian historians and political scientists are reluctant to discuss it. They tend to emphasize different facts, such as Russians taken prisoner by Muslim forces, who were ready for martyrdom but not for embracing Islam. Still, these cases are apparently much rarer in history than the opposite; Orthodox converting to Islam. The origin of this phenomenon can be traced to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when Russia was been engaged in long wars with the Ottoman Turks and with Persia. At that time, quite a few prisoners converted to Islam to make their life easier and to be fully integrated in new societies.

During Moscow’s wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya, some Russian soldiers became converts for the same reason. Still, there are numerous cases of conversion unrelated to captivity but caused by alienation and psychological transformation of Slavs who had little or no exposure to Islam before. Some of them became jihadists. The most important among them was probably Pavel Kosolapov, who was credited for several of the most spectacular terrorist attacks, including the bombing of the train Nevskii Express. The recent attack against Domodedovo airport was also originally attributed to a certain Vitaly Rozdobudko, a resident of the Stavropol region and, judging by his name, a Ukrainian. Thus, the emergence of Kyrgyz jihadists indicates the spread of jihadist ideology far away from fundamentalist hotbeds in Central Asia. This makes the case of several arrested Kyrgyz an indication of a new phase in the development of jihad in the post-Soviet space.

CONCLUSIONS: While the recent arrests of several terrorists in Kyrgyzstan could be regarded as trivial by the casual observer, this is not the case. The jihadist ideology has started to spread even among ethnic groups that had not previously been affected by jihadism. For members of some ethnic groups, i.e. Kyrgyz, Islam was just a part of their national tradition and fully integrated in nationalistic animus. For others, such as ethnic Russian and Ukrainians, Islam is historically an alien creed. Still, members of all these groups could well become universalistic jihadists. The events in Kyrgyzstan and other parts of the former USSR also indicate that the process of radicalization could actually take place anywhere.AUTHOR’S BIO: Dmitry Shlapentokh is Associate Professor of History, Indiana University at South Bend.


Kyrgyz security services detain one of the most active Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders

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Friday, 14 January 2011 00:59

Bishkek – Kyrgyz security services have detained one of the most active leaders of the religious extremist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir.

According to the State National Security Committee (GKNB), the detainee is a native of and resident of Suzak region of Jalal-Abad province. Officers detected and seized more than 300 books, pamphlets, leaflets of Hizb ut-Tahrir related content and religious nature.

The investigators initiated criminal case under the Article 299-1 (organized activity aimed at inciting national, racial, religious or inter-regional hatred) and 299-2 (acquisition, storage, transportation or shipment of banned extremist materials for distribution or their manufacture and distribution and intentional use of symbols or paraphernalia of extremist organizations) of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic. news agency

Hizb ut-Tahrir emissary arrested in southern Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:06
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Bishkek, November 22, Interfax – A senior emissary of the banned radical Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir has been arrested in southern Kyrgyzstan, a source in the State National Security Service (SNSS)’s press service has told Interfax.

“On November 19, 2010, SNSS officers arrested a local resident and activist of the Hizb ut-Tahrir extremist religious organization in the southern Jalal-Abad Region,” the source said, adding that the “man held a senior post in the Hizb ut-Tahrir hierarchy in Kyrgyzstan”.

Books, magazines, booklets and electronic materials propagating extremist activity in the Kyrgyz, Russian and Uzbek languages were found in his home, the source said.

A criminal investigation has been launched.


Alleged Hizb Ut-Tahrir Member Arrested In Southern Kyrgyzstan
January 27, 2011

JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan — An alleged member of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir organization has been arrested in Kyrgyzstan’s southern Jalal-Abad region, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports.

Jalal-Abad Oblast Interior Department press secretary Taalaibek Suusunbaev told journalists that a 29-year-old resident of the town of Kara-Kol was detained on January 26.

Suusunbaev said police stopped the suspect’s car and found dozens of books and leaflets of extremist religious content.

Earlier this month, three Hizb ut-Tahrir members were arrested in the southern region of Osh, and a large number of books promoting the movement’s ideas were found in the northern city of Talas.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) is an international Islamic organization that seeks to unify Muslim countries into an Islamic state. It is banned throughout Central Asia and Russia but is legal in most western countries.


Members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir detained in S Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 10:08
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5 members of the banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir extremist movement were detained in Jalal-Abad oblast of Kyrgyzstan.

According to the head of the Department of Internal Affairs (UVD) of Jalal-Abad oblast, Colonel of militia, Stanbek Bakirov, “at the present provocative humors about possible ethnic and religious clashes are being spread among population.”

The police detained 5 members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir during the raid “Extremist” and UVD has evidences of their illegal activity.

One of detained, 45 years old native of Komsomol village of Suzak district, had 7 books of radical religious character on Arabic.

Another detained, 33 years old native of Kuruk-Kol village of Suzak district, had 78 books “Al Vjay”, a manuscript on Arabic, books and leaflets of radical religious character.

The same banned literature was seized at homes of other three detained.

The investigative actions are continued in the district, the detained are at the police station.

Eight Hizb Ut-Tahrir Suspects Arrested In Kyrgyzstan
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:12
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OSH, Kyrgyzstan — Eight alleged members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir religious organization have been detained in Kyrgyzstan’s southern region of Osh, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports.

The Osh Oblast Interior Ministry’s press service told RFE/RL that five of the suspects were apprehended in the city of Osh and three in the village of Shark in the Kara-Suu district, which is on the border with Uzbekistan.

The eight are currently in Osh’s pretrial detention center. Investigations have been launched into the suspects’ activities.

In January, Kyrgyz police arrested at least five people in the south on suspicion of being members of Hizb ut-Tahrir.