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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Leaders of banned Islamist group arrested in Tatarstan
2013-02-16
Officials in the Russian republic of Tatarstan say they have arrested two leaders of a banned Islamic group.

The Interior Ministry said that two underground Islamic madrasahs, propagating ideas of a group called Nurcular were found during raids in Tatarstan's second-largest city of Naberezhnye Chelny. Some 30 members of the group have been questioned by police.

Nurcular has been banned in Russia since 2007. Officials say Nurcular promotes the idea of creating an Islamic state on lands where indigenous peoples speak Turkic languages. Nurcular denies the charge.

Tatarstan's authorities began checking all religious groups in the republic after police in August last year found an Islamic sect of 27 children and 38 adults living in catacomb-like cells underground.
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