Last Tuesday, Russian agencies, primarily Interfax and RIA Novosti, reported that Hizb ut-Tahrir criticized the Tajik authorities for conspiring with the “infidels.”
In fact, these are almost the only statements attributed to Hizb ut-Tahrir, whose activities in Tajikistan were banned by the Supreme Court of the Republic in April 2001. The text assesses the geopolitical actions of official Dushanbe. “Sensationalism” is also surprising: the text of the statements, as reported by the agencies, was distributed via e-mail.
Indeed, a sensation: after all, in the view of many, according to official propaganda, “Hizbuttahrirovtsy” are some kind of ugly creature with long beards, greedy eyes and thick fingers. It's amazing how such fingers can work on a computer keyboard to spread messages. Only curious people know that Hizb ut-Tahrir is actually an organization that legally exists in several European countries, and if you type its name at www.google.com, you will receive the result of active discussion in the Muslim community of its activities.
But then - in Europe, in the countries of Central Asia, the authorities considered Hizb ut-Tahrir an extremist organization, banned its activities, and local media regularly report on arrests and trials of its active members. It is only worth noting one significant detail - “Hizbutahrirovtsev” are tried for promoting ideas, for leaflets, for literature, for influencing minds. The decision to ban the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation contains the following phrase: "militant Islamist propaganda."
So far, in media reports related to the activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the main idea was the creation of a Caliphate within Central Asia. Either they were embarrassed to bring other ideas, or they did not understand that Hizb ut-Tahrir is not a regional organization, and if it is a question of the Caliphate, then the world, and not only within the framework of the former Soviet republics.
However, the official counter-propaganda in the media has always been distinguished by its absurdity. For example, a letter from the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan was posted on the website of Fires of Mangyshlak in June of this year, in which the following “discrepancies” of the ideas of Hizb ut-Tahrir, contrary to fiqhs (laws) of the Shari'ah, are quoted:
- denial of punishment while the deceased is in the grave;
- it is allowed to view images of naked (pornography);
- people at the North Pole can not read namaz and do not hold an attack (post);
- non-Muslims (kafirs) and women can be members of this party;
- A non-Muslim can lead a Muslim country, etc.
Or, for example, Sharofiddin Tulaganov, an expert at the Politika’s Information and Analytical Center of Uzbekistan, who told a REGNUM correspondent at the end of last year that Hizb ut-Tahrir enjoyed “powerful information support based on false information provided by representatives of the British media : BBC, Reuters and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. ”
In both! And as evidence of this, Tulaganov reports that "later British politicians, taking advantage of the EU presidency, initiated the introduction of sanctions and an embargo on the supply of weapons to Uzbekistan." According to him, “now the British Environmental Justice Foundation (Environmental Justice Foundation), preparing a biased pseudo-analysis, calls on European countries to abandon the import of Uzbek cotton.”
However, unlike Uzbek officials, the Tajik Ministry of Internal Affairs is forced to cast doubt on the authenticity of the Hizb ut-Tahrir letters distributed on the Internet, since this organization has threatened the holy of holies - Tajikistan’s geopolitical relations and “official Dushanbe’s policy”.
In the first report, Hizb ut-Tahrir criticizes the government of Tajikistan for the transfer of the Okno optical space tracking center near the Tajik city of Nurek to Russia. “The“ Window ”complex is owned by Muslims, therefore its sale or transfer to other hands is a violation of their rights, in particular, speaks of a plan to strengthen the infidel geopolitical and military positions in Central Asia,” the statement quoted by Interfax states.
In the second report, Hizb ut-Tahrir accuses the SCO, whose permanent members are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, in an attempt to infringe upon the rights of Muslims. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are still observer countries of the SCO, the main objectives of which are declared to combat extremism and terrorism and develop economic cooperation. “The SCO, along with the United States, pursues its own selfish goals in Central Asia. In the framework of the SCO, Russia and China are trying to prevent the awakening of Islam in Central Asia and the Chinese city of Xinjiang, which is directed against Muslims, ”the second letter reads.
Interfax cites data from the General Prosecutor’s Office of Tajikistan, according to which in 2005, 74 criminal cases were initiated against 99 people - members of extremist parties in the republic, which is 2% higher than the 2004 level. During the current year, 42 activists of religious extremist organizations were detained in Tajikistan.
It is difficult to question the existence of the organization itself, since I have met both former and current members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, but the content of the letters, which, unlike the already known ones, cast doubt on the most important geopolitical partner of Tajikistan and Central Asia, are surprising. Russia
Whether it is a coincidence or not, this story reminded me of reports from Russian agencies about finding Boeing’s plans in Chechen caves immediately after September 11, 2001. And even earlier - the same sensational discovery of a nuclear submarine plan in the same Chechen caves immediately after the disaster of the Kursk submarine.
And after all note, these "documents" were not found on the territory of Palestine or southern Lebanon, but in Chechnya. And Hamas or Hezbollah has nothing to do with it. Because they are Russian geopolitical friends. And who is the enemy of other geopolitical friends in Central Asia? That's right - Hizb ut-Tahrir. And against whom does Hizb ut-Tahrir write in their letters sent by e-mail? That's right - against Russia.
I refuse to further make my assumptions, but in this story two circumstances seem suspicious to me: the Internet is too free in Tajikistan and the emergence of the main enemy of the SCO - Hizb ut-Tahrir. That is, the object of criticism is not toothless politicians and analysts who are afraid to say that the SCO is an unwanted geopolitical structure that does not contribute to economic development or the promotion of democracy, but the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which was made a scarecrow for the population .
It can be assumed that such actions may follow: the Tajik authorities are beginning to control the Internet, and folklore festivals are held in the republic under the slogan "Hizb ut-Tahrir will not destroy the eternal friendship with Russia!" In both cases, Hizb ut-Tahrir will begin a new wave of persecution, but those who have no doubts about the “extremist” nature of the Internet will win. To find another author of these messages.
But, as usual since the time of the Reichstag arson in 1933, the main thing is not in the destruction of opponents, but in propaganda support. Until that time, it seemed that the fight against Hizb ut-Tahrir was reminiscent of the fight against Chechen separatists when General Shabalkin, providing the propaganda basis of this fight, was writing a rationale for the continuation of military operations. He spoke about poisoned vodka, which the Chechen Islamists prepared to solder soldiers and officers of the Russian army, about how the Chechens themselves blew up their homes.
It is unlikely that Hizb ut-Tahrir needs protection or support: if this organization violates the law, it must respond, but the absurdity of propaganda nullifies the implementation of laws. There appear to be much more opponents of the SCO’s activities than supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Maybe it is worth then to declare all enemies? In the meantime, the result of propaganda is obtained as in the Russian proverb: “The devil is not so terrible as he is painted.”