Russian Leftist Radicals Claim Beating from Hands of Pro-Kremlin Youth Movement
MosNews | August 17, 2005
A spokesman for the National Bolshevik Party claims that six of his comrades, including two girls, have been attacked and badly beaten with baseball bats and empty beer bottles, the Echo of Moscow radio reported on Wednesday. The spokesman said the attackers were members of the Pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi.
The radio quoted the spokesman Alexander Averin as saying that the group of about 30 people, whom he described as “trendily dressed young men” blocked the path of the National Bolshevik party members on cars and battered them with baseball bats and empty beer bottles. He also said that the victims received numerous injuries.
Averin added that he believed that the attackers were members of the Pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi (Ours) and connects the clash with the Tuesday court ruling, overturning the closure of the National Bolshevik Party that was accused of forced change of constitutional order, breaking the integrity of the Russian Federation and establishing illegal armed groups.
Also on Tuesday six NBP activists were detained after shouting “Freedom!” during the speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the MAKS 2005 air show in Zhukovsky.