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Russian neo-Nazi wanted longer jail term

Vjateslav Datsik, a Russian neo-Nazi arrested in Oslo after fleeing a psychiatric ward in St Petersburg, was sentenced to eight months in prison on Thursday for violating weapons laws. He was heavily armed when he tried to seek asylum in Norway earlier this year.

Datsik, age 29, had declared himself guilty on all counts. He has earlier claimed that he wants to stay in Norway as long as possible, and equated the prison where he’s being held to “a luxury hotel.”

Also known as “Red Tarzan,” Datsik has said he rowed over the Baltic Sea after running away from a Russian psychiatric hospital where he claimed to have been tortured. He also has told reporters and the court that he had been sent to Norway by federal agents in Russia who wanted him to kill Chechyan separatist leader Akhmed Zakajev.

Russian authorities have sought his extradition back to Russia. Justice Minister Knut Storberget has told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that he was working so that Datsik wouldn’t be staying long in Norway. Datsik’s defense attorney, however, was trying to block extradition, claiming his client would face torture if sent back to Russia.

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