Russia turns to Interpol for help arresting Ukrainian nationalist Yarosh
MOSCOW, March 21 (RAPSI) – Russia has filed a request for Interpol’s assistance in arresting Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Dmitry Yarosh, Russia’s Ministry of the Interior told journalists Friday.
Yarosh is considered to have been one of the leaders of the Ukrainian protest movement that recently uprooted Ukraine’s power structure.
He stands accused in Russia of publicly endorsing extremism and terrorism in connection with an appeal he is suspected of having made to North Caucasus militant commander Doku Umarov. Specifically, Yarosh stands accused of asking for help with carrying out terror attacks on Russian soil.
Umarov, the self-proclaimed head of a secessionist group in the North Caucasus, has claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks in Russia. He recently made international headlines after threatening to attack the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Moscow’s Basmanny District Court ordered Yarosh's arrest in absentia on March 11. Soon afterwards he appealed the order.
The parliament of Crimea, which recently voted for its independence from and its reunification with Russia, banned nationalist party Svoboda (Liberty) and ultra-nationalist political movement Right Sector, which is headed by Yarosh.
Yarosh is not alone on the Russian wanted list. Russian investigators filed a request with Interpol to issue a notice for the arrest of Ukrainian nationalist Aleksandr Muzychko (alias Sasha Beliy) who is said to have tortured and killed servicemen of Russian federal forces during the Second Chechen War.