Russia’s FSB arrests neo-Nazis planning actions and attacks in Moscow and St. Petersburg
MOSCOW, July 5 (RAPSI) — The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested members of a interregional right-wing radical group National Revival Path of Russian Patriotism and neo-Nazi organization Youth Organization Rus, who were planning actions in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the press service of the body informs RAPSI on Monday.
The arrested members of these organizations are admirers of the ex-leader of the neo-Nazi movement Restruct Maxim Martsinkevich, nicknamed “The Cleaver” and consider themselves to be successors of his cause. Members of these radical groups advocated the “expulsion from Russia” of migrants from the North Caucasus and Central Asian regions, the creation of a “white” state and establishment of a “Nazi system” in Russia, and also planned to create an all-Russian radical political structure, FSB said in the statement.
The arrests took place in Bryansk, Perm and Komsomolsk-on-Amur in cooperation with officers of the Russian Investigative Committee and the Internal Ministry, according to FSB.
The arrested persons printed and distributed leaflets with statements of an extremist nature, applied graffiti calling for violent actions against individuals based on their ethnicity, discussed plans for arming themselves and then participating in unauthorized actions, prepared to travel to protest events in Moscow and St. Petersburg, prepared attacks on law enforcement officers, and carried out respective training, the statement reads.
For these purposes, the those arrested planned to carry out high-profile actions "aimed at destabilizing the socio-political situation in Russia" and to attack migrants and LGBT activists, FSB notes.
In the course of the searches in the places of residence of the radicals, traumatic pistols and ammunition for firearms, edged weapons, books of extremist content, nationalist paraphernalia, communication devices and messages containing photos and videos confirming their illegal activities were seized, the FSB said in the statement.