Russian neo-Nazi ‘planned attacks’

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Norwegian police are investigating new claims that a Russian neo-Nazi arrested in Oslo last month was planning attacks on personnel at the Russian Embassy and on Norwegian muslims. The suspect’s application for asylum in Norway has been rejected.

Newspaper Dagbladet reported on Thursday that Russian officials warned Norwegian police that Vjatsjeslav Datsik, known as “Red Tarzan” in Russia, was suspected of planning to shoot embassy personnel in Oslo or muslims living in Norway. He had escaped from a psychiatric hospital in St Petersburg before turning up in Norway.

Datsik was arrested when he appeared at an Oslo police station, armed and seeking asylum. Two other Russians, also armed, were arrested with him and two more since then.

Police are investigating claims that all five have been involved with obtaining weapons, uniforms and falsifying military IDs in Norway. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST reportedly is now working with the Oslo police. Øyvind Nordgaren of the Oslo Police District’s organized crime unit confirmed to Norwegian news bureau NTB that the case has “high priority.”

PST and the police reportedly are investigating claims that eastern European neo-Nazis have established an armed division of the right-wing extremist organization Slavisk Forbund (Slavic Union) in Oslo.

NTB reported that Datsik, age 33, escaped from the psychiatric hospital in St Petersburg in April. Police were preparing for his deportation following rejection of his asylum application.

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