The newspaper Segodnya writes about this, whose correspondent spoke with a friend of the deceased and with a member of the Crimean cell Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
“We walked together, had fun, like ordinary youth. And then Abdullah plunged into religion - about two years ago, when he began to talk with religious guys from the Hizb-ut-Tahrir party, - quotes the publication the words Murtaza, a friend of the deceased militant. - Initially, they were taught religious sciences, then they moved to physical training. They traveled somewhere to nature and worked there in secret. What they did there is unknown. In the late summer - early autumn of last year, he left the Crimea to Turkey for work. And two weeks ago, a telegram arrived to his parents that he was dead. The telegram states that it hit a mine in Syria. Their family is normal: caring mother, hard-working father, brother. Along with Abdullah, about six people left the Belogorsk district in such a way that I don’t know with them now. One bearded man often came to him, they talked a lot, somehow they went to paintball. There were four such recruiters in our area. ”
One of the activists of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, who chose to remain anonymous, does not deny that his comrades go abroad to participate in jihad as mojaheds against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: “Through my friends I know about the man who went to Syria even heard that he sometimes calls from there to Crimea, here he has a family and children, who are helped by our “brothers”.
In other comments on this topic, the leaders of Hizb ut-Tahrir claim that there are no participants in combat conflicts among members of their party abroad, but they do not deny the possibility that someone could leave on their own initiative.
In the Crimean Tatar Mejlis (the illegal ethnic “parliament”) and in the Crimean muftiate they condemned those who go to war abroad. Representatives of both organizations are concerned that militants are recruited by sectarian structures not controlled by them.
“We cannot know whether this war is a righteous jihad, therefore, from a religious point of view, participation in such a conflict is condemned,” the deputy mufti of Crimea, Ayder Ismailov, told the publication.
In the SBU, without a prior written request, they refused to comment on the recruitment of militants on the peninsula.
Oleg Rodivilov, deputy director of the Ukrainian branch of the Institute of CIS countries, believes that the activity of an illegal Majlis, which the authorities have turned a blind eye to for two decades, has prepared the ground for the radicalization of sentiment in the Crimean Tatar environment.
“The Mejlis has become an indirect participant, radicalism is one of its forms and the satellites accompanying the Majlis. A number of radical groups send their followers to gain combat experience. A significant number of such mercenaries are in Lebanon and Northern Cyprus. They are specially prepared to incite conflict in the Crimea. There may be recruitment with the use of money, but not necessarily - some will bring up, so they will not demand money and will go wherever they want. The local authorities, having decided to go to a deal with the Majlis, now receive other problems as a result, in the form of radical Islamists who have already broken away from it. Until the authorities exclude double standards, it will deal with extremism, ”Rodivilov said.
In turn, lawyer Asan Seytyagyayev reminded that Ukrainian legislation prohibits mercenary.
“A person can be deprived of freedom from 3 to 8 years, if he will be engaged in preparing and recruiting people for war in other states. And if you participated in hostilities abroad without permission, and for this you were paid on arrival in Ukraine, you can be put in prison for a period from 5 to 10 years. But I have not heard of such cases in the Crimea - when a person was convicted of mercenarism and he was convicted for it. Only peacekeeping missions authorized by Ukraine are allowed, ”said Seytyagyayev.
As reported by Novy Region, the cells of the Hizb ut-Tahrir party, which advocates the creation of the World Caliphate, have been operating in Crimea for a long time and almost openly under the guise of religious communities and educational organizations. The security services of Ukraine claim that they do not have enough authority to curb the activities of such structures. Meanwhile, organizations controlled by Hizb have repeatedly held conferences on the peninsula and even led their supporters to rallies. In addition, there were conflicts on the peninsula, sometimes reaching fights related to the attempts of the Islamists to make their representatives imams of mosques in a number of settlements of the peninsula.