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Ukrainian far-right extremist group’s activist detained near Moscow

The activist belongs to Ukraine’s far-right radical Right Sector, recognized as an extremist organization in Russia

MOSCOW, April 9. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry have detained in the Moscow Region an activist of Ukraine’s far-right radical organization Right Sector, outlawed in Russia, the FSB press service said.

"Russia’s FSB jointly with the Russian Interior Ministry conducted an investigative operation on April 9 in the Moscow Region, detaining Ukrainian citizen Pirozhok, who is an activist of Ukraine’s far-right radical organization Right Sector," the press service said.

According to preliminary information, in 2014 the detained individual joined the Right Sector group in Ukraine and was known as Chirka Roman. He set up a unit Khorti consisting of local nationalists to conduct a guerilla war against Russia. In January 2018, he arrived in the Moscow Region and started disseminating ideological and propaganda material of the Right Sector group with the goal of involving Russians in its activity. "Now the suspect has been placed in custody."

A criminal case was opened against him into "setting up an extremist organization." During the searches of his house and workplace, the investigators found literature, symbolics, equipment and munitions of the Right Sector group, as well as its propaganda files, communication means and other evidence of involvement in its activity, the FSB said.

Ukraine’s Right Sector group was recognized as an extremist organization by the ruling of Russia’s Supreme Court on November 17, 2014. Its activity is outlawed in Russia.