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Murder charges brought against nationalist group's activist

January 15, 2014, 12:55 UTC+3 YEKATERINBURG
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YEKATERINBURG, January 15. /ITAR-TASS/. The activist of the extremist group Volkssturm detained in St Petersburg has been charged with murders and attacks on non-Slavs, an Investigative Committee official told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

"The detainee has been officially charged with the commission of several crimes," Alexander Shulga, senior aide to the director of the Sverdlovsk region's department of the Investigative Committee, said.

The crimes he is accused of include participation in an extremist group, inciting hate, robbery, and attempted hate murder.

The extremist was detained in St Petersburg on January 13.

Volkssturm, an extremist group, was notorious in 2006-2008. It is suspected of involvement in several murders and dozens of attacks on non-Slavs. "The criminal case proceedings against the suspect have been resumed; he has been convoyed to Yekaterinburg," Shulga said.

In February 2013, a court passed guilty sentences on two Volkssturm activists Alexander Minin and Alexander Solovyov. Solovyov was sentenced to 9.5 years in a general regime penitentiary, while Minin who was only involved in several episodes of Volkssturm's criminal activity, got a two-year suspended sentence with two-year probation.

The investigator said the criminal group was set up in September 2006 by three underage Yekaterinburg residents. The group comprised 12 persons, including nine minors. They were armed with cold steel and air pistols, and attacked their victims using bottles, knives, sticks, stones, metal chains, brass knuckles and mace.

The extremists placed videos of their attacks on the Internet. The gang was routed in February 2008. Nine of its members were sentenced to long prison terms in June 2011.

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