Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Prosecutors Shut Down Nationalist Movement For “Extremism”

Posted by Info on 17/02/2011

The Moscow Prosecutor’s Office has shut down the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, or DPNI for carrying out “extremist activities.”
A final decision will be taken by the Moscow City Court.

DPNI was founded in 2002 as a protest against illegal immigration from the former Soviet republics to Russia, but has never been officially registered since then. The movement has organized widely-publicized “Russian marches” on November 4 attracting more than 5,000 participants each year.

DPNI activists have warned the decision may “radicalize youth nationwide and lead to mass protests.” Masked young men “controlled by absolutely nobody and nothing” will not be warning the authorities and take to the streets, former DPNI leader Aleksandr Belov told Interfax. The ban on nationalist organizations will lead “to a host of radical cell groups.”

The nationalist organization was banned following a recent flare-up in nationalists’ activities in the wake of the turmoil on Moscow’s Manezh Square late last year. Thousands of football fans clashed with police in the center of Moscow, shouting nationalist slogans after their comrade had been killed in a street fight with a group of men from the North Caucasus.

Prosecutors did not specify DPNI’s violations.
Earlier, another nationalist organization, Slavic Union, had been banned for “unknown reasons” as well. Last year, the union was suspended by the Moscow City Court, but their leaders renamed the organization to “Slavic Force” and continued their activities.

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