On 22 October, on the federal TV channel Vesti 24, a so-called expert of the RF Ministry of Justice Roman Silantev, commented on the adoption of Islam by the Russian population, and the need to destroy the members of Hizb ut Tahrir physically. It should be noted that this is not the first such statement of the infamous Russian Islamophobe, previously he spoke about the destruction of so-called “vahhabits” or “Islamists”; however, this time Silantev spoke particularly about the members of the Islamic political party Hizb ut Tahrir.
Based on the fact that authorities toughen punishment against groups belonging to terrorism, Russian experts openly speak about the necessity to review the list of terrorist organizations on the basis that the inclusion of Hizb ut Tahrir is unreasonable and unlawful. But despite the fact that since its inception in 1953 Hizb ut Tahrir has never committed any terrorist act, on the air of federal TV channel they speak not only about the persecution of party members but they openly speak of the necessity to physically destroy them. The call to kill Muslims on the air of Vesti 24, one can only understand by the authorities’ interests in such statements and the expert of the Ministry of Justice only voiced them.