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Slavic Union leader demands apology from prosecutors - investigators

June 10, 2013, 13:51 UTC+3
Leader of liquidated Slavic Union Dmitry Demushkin is accused for organization of the operation of a public organization, whose activity was banned as extremist by court ruling
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MOSCOW, June 10 (Itar-Tass) - Leader of the liquidated Slavic Union Dmitry Demushkin, accused of extremism, demanded an apology from prosecutors and investigators for two criminal cases against him that had been dropped.

"I'll demand rehabilitation; the prosecutors' website named me a criminal, let them apologize," he said.

The defendants in his possible legal action are the Ministry of Finance, the Moscow prosecutor, and the investigator for the Central Federal District who opened the criminal cases.

Prior to the hearing held behind closed doors on Tuesday, Demushkin denied his guilt stating that he did not repent anything.

"Of course, I deny my guilt; it's obvious. I there were anything to repent, I would have done so," he said.

The criminal case comprises 15 volumes. "Fifty pages of indictment about my promotion of a healthy lifestyle and holding sport events," Demushkin said after the hearing.

Demushkin is accused under Article 282, Part 1 of Russia's penal code /organization of the operation of a public organization, whose activity was banned as extremist by court ruling/.

The investigator said the defendant who did not want to comply with the Moscow City Court ruling which had banned his organization as extremist, renamed it to "Slavic Power" and continued to lead it.

"He had not changed the program, objectives, tasks, slogans and emblems, recruiting new members, taking part in the organization of mass events, and using the websites for propaganda which the Slavic Union had used before," the Investigative Committee said.

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