Russia’s Prosecutor General: Opposition = Terrorism


The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has accused the country's opposition of encouraging terrorism, Vedomosti reported. "Ideologists of Western-style democratisation of Russia" coordinate radical youth groups, and the number of terrorist attacks carried out by the groups has grown, Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin said.

Grin said that terrorists were trying to influence public opinion by "encouraging supposed defenders of human rights, opposition activists, separatists, and members of armed rebel groups." Leonid Gozman, leader of the right-wing Right Cause party, noted that the Prosecutor General's Office has thus admitted who it is really fighting against.

Grin identified two groups — the banned National Bolshevik Party and the ultranationalist Movement Against Illegal Immigration — and accused them of engaging in extremist activities. Grin said the National Bolsheviks have been trained to fight law enforcement officers similar to the uprisings in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

Grin's statement was in reply to a question from the Russian State Duma's Committee on Security. Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov and Federation Council speaker Sergey Mironov expressed anger at press articles, which appeared after the metro bombings in Moscow, saying the articles reflected the views of Islamist terrorists.

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