Arrest order upheld against Ukrainian nationalist Yarosh
MOSCOW, April 2 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Wednesday upheld an in-absentia arrest order issued against Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Dmitry Yarosh by the Basmanny District Court, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
The court thus dismissed an appeal filed by the defense attorney of Yarosh. 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.