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Finnish migration service does not comment reports over political asylum to Other Russia activist

July 11, 2013, 17:38 UTC+3
The Russian media reported earlier on Thursday that Sergei Porokhovoy, who is accused of extremism on the on the homeland, was granted political asylum in Finland
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HELSINKI, July 11 (Itar-Tass) - The Finnish Migration Service does not comment on the reports that political asylum was granted to an activist of the Other Russia Party in that country.

“All cases of granting asylum are confidential, and we cannot comment on them according to the law. In particular, we did not give the information to the third parties whether a person asked for political asylum at all,” head of the communications department of the Finnish Migration Service Hanna Kautto told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

The Russian media reported earlier on Thursday with the reference to the press service of the Other Russia Party that Sergei Porokhovoy, who is accused of extremism on the homeland, was granted political asylum in Finland.

‘Case of 12’

Sergei Porokhovoy, Andrei Dmitriev, Andrei Pesotsky, Alexander Marochkin, and eight more members of the Other Russia were defendants in the so-called ‘case of 12’.

They were accused of organizing and participating in the activities of extremist organizations. According to the investigation, in 2009, the activists decided to revive the banned National Bolshevik Party /NBP/. They held regular meetings in a rented apartment in St. Petersburg, collected cash contributions for the party, conducted unauthorized mass events and spread attributes of NBP.

In December 2012, the court found guilty and sentenced to a fine seven activists, but then freed them from punishment because the statute of limitation has expired. Criminal proceedings against the other defendants were dismissed.

Sergei Porokhovoy left Russia before sentencing. In Finland, he appealed to the authorities for granting him refugee status. In Russia he was put on the international wanted list.

His case was highlighted in a separate proceeding. 

 

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