13 Aug 2018 16:08

Check of leader of Jewish movement Shahar for extremism might have to do with social media post - lawyer

MOSCOW. Aug 13 (Interfax) - The law enforcement agencies that are checking Alexander Kargin, the leader of the Jewish movement Shahar and representative of the Israeli ruling party Likud in Russia, for extremism are, in fact, examining one of his social media posts, lawyer Igor Zuber told Interfax.

"As far as the defense knows, law enforcement is focused on my client's social media post," Zuber said on Monday.

Kargin has been summoned to the Anti-Extremism Center of the Interior Ministry's Moscow branch on August 14 to provide explanations, he said.

Zuber told Interfax last Friday that officials from the Anti-Extremism Center came to the office of the Moscow Jewish religious community for a search and "discovered nationalistic literature not belonging to Kargin but obviously planted in the office."

The inquiry was launched after law enforcement agencies received a report on Kargin, he said.

Kargin himself told Interfax he saw the incident as an act of provocation. "The literature seized was planted on me. Most of the planted literature was anti-Semitic in nature," he said.