7 May 2019 16:50

Nationalists involved in extremist crimes detained in Moscow, Vladimir - FSB

MOSCOW. May 7 (Interfax) - The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has reported the detention of seven members of a nationalist organization suspected of being involved in extremist crimes in the Moscow area and Vladimir.

"The FSB has detained seven active members of a nationalist organization involved in violent and extremist crimes in the territory of Russia as part of the criminal case, opened by the main investigative directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee's Moscow branch, in Moscow, the Moscow region, and Vladimir on May 7," the FSB's public relations center told Interfax on Tuesday.

The leaders and members of the organization "promoted the nationalist ideology, regularly recruited and conducted psychological training of members of the group aimed at incitement of inter-ethnic discord," it said.

"A number of attacks on a nationalist basis using non-lethal and bladed weapons were committed in Moscow, Vladimir, and Ryazan," the FSB said.

Non-lethal and bladed weapons, munitions, printed paraphernalia, and magnetic storage media "containing documentary evidence of the aforementioned persons' involvement in common crimes" were found and seized during searches at the places of residence of the detainees, the FSB public relations center said.

An Interfax source said earlier that the members of the gang may be involved in several attacks on migrants in the Siberian Federal District.