Police ban neo-Nazi march after all

Fears of violent confrontations with counter-demonstrators have made police  think twice about allowing a neo-Nazi march in the southern Norwegian city of Fredrikstad this summer. Now it’s been banned, because of the potential for “serious disturbance of the peace, order and legal traffic” through town. Police in Fredrikstad had earlier allowed the march by the Swedish-based […]

Police allow Nazi march in Fredrikstad

Police in the southern Norwegian city of Fredrikstad have decided to allow a Swedish neo-Nazi group to hold a demonstration against homosexuality this summer. The decision has upset local residents and government officials, and counter-demonstrations are already being planned. “Paragraph 100 in our constitution, the right to express yourself, is so strong in Norway,” Inge […]

Soldiers of Odin loses leaders

Just two weeks after taking over as the new leader of the quasi-vigilante group Soldiers of Odin, Jan Tellef Aanonsen says he has quit and hopes the entire organization “disappears.” Its former leader, meanwhile, was back in court this week, charged with assault. The group grabbed headlines last winter when members wearing hooded black jackets […]

Russian warrior arrested, faces deportation

Norwegian police have arrested a Russian citizen who’s been living in Tønsberg but fighting for pro-Russian militia in eastern Ukraine. Yan Petrovskiy  was recently declared a threat to national security, and his residence permission in Norway has been revoked. That cleared the way for police to arrest the 29-year-old Petrovskiy, who first came to Norway as […]

Norway set to deport Russian right-wing extremist

Yan Petrovskiy, a 29-year-old right-wing extremist who moved to Norway as a teenager 12 years ago, has been declared a threat to national security. Norwegian authorities have warned Petrovskiy that he faces a deportation order. Immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) confirmed to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Friday that Petrovskiy, a Russian citizen with ties to Norwegian […]

MP for the Liberals hit by hate messages

Abid Raja, an attorney and well-known Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party (Venstre), has become a target of hate messages sent from a mobile phone used by a high-profile member of an extremist Islamic group. The unsigned messages accuse Raja of being “a dirty pig” who’s a “shame” for Pakistanis and Muslims in Norway. It was just […]

Small town woke up to old Nazi flags

Residents of the small town of Nesna in Nordland County, north-central Norway, say they were shocked to wake up Sunday morning to the sight of Nazi flags hung up on several public buildings. TV2 reported that the flags were hung up on buildings including the local government offices, the harbour authority, a community hall and […]

‘National socialists’ mobilizing in Norway

Right-wing extremists who call themselves “national socialists” have become more active in the southern parts of Norway than elsewhere in the country. Researchers say the neo-Nazi movement in Norway remains small, but it’s mobilizing. Uniformed members of the national socialist group Den nordiske motstandsbevegelsen (Nordic Resistance Movement), for example, were highly visible during last weekend’s gay […]

Extremism still poses major threat

Norway has preserved and nurtured its democratic values after the terrorist attacks of July 22, 2011, but hasn’t been good enough at warding off extremism, says Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Others claim there’s also been a reluctance to confront the hatred and right-wing nationalist extremism that drove a young white Norwegian man to carry out the attacks. […]

High court sends ISIL men to jail

Norway’s Supreme Court (Høyesterett) has sentenced three men, all Norwegian citizens, to jail terms of up to four-and-a-half years, after finding them guilty of having ties to a terrorist organization and supporting the brutal extremist group ISIL in Syria. The defendants’ sentences were reported to be a bit milder than those determined earlier by a Norwegian appeals […]