23 May 2019 13:44

Men detained in extremism case in Astrakhan confessing to crimes - FSB

MOSCOW. May 23 (Interfax) - Three men detained in Russia's southern Astrakhan region on suspicion of being members of a youth extremist group admit their guilt, the press center of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said.

"The detained persons are confessing to their crimes. A procedural decision in their case is pending," the press center said in a statement seen by Interfax.

The detained men are members of an "informal youth far-right group who committed extremism-related violent crimes, including with the use of improvised explosive and incendiary devices," it said.

"These individuals were engaged in spreading nationalist ideology, recruiting new members of the group and coordinating their activities, arranging and holding tactical training with the use of military gear, and making and testing improvised explosive and incendiary devices," the statement said.