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Limonov personally is also ego-centric. As for perceptions of NBP in Russia, the organization is not being viewed as extremist, primarily because of Limonov's background as writer.

In current form NBP is mostly anti-capitalist and anti-establishment where youth can roleplay as revolutionaries and street fighters with the police. Open question, though, for the authorities is always whether members of NBP take NBP press seriously or view it as an post-modern project.

Limonov was jailed for arms purchase and acquitted on charges of creation of illegal armed group and terrorism. Several NBP members were arrested for purchase of the AKs, and one of them told prosecution that Limonov was personally involved in the purchase.  Prosecution also tried to portray article in "Limonka"  (NBP party newspaper, "Limonka" itself is a nick name for the Soviet F1 grenade) calling for NBP members to organize armed insurrection among Russians in Kazakhstan as an actionable plan by the party leadership. The charges were questionable, given Limonov's record, and suspicion that unidentified  AK sellers were police agents, although provocation of this type is legal in Russia. He was freed after few months in jail after the sentence and seemed to choose not to appeal.

NBP was telling at the time that the process is political at the authorities of Kazakhstan and Latvia were concerned about NBP activities there (radical actions in the defense of Russian minority) and were pushing Russian government to take action. One of the consequences of the arrest was that Latvian courts took a harder line on NBP as organization and reclassified seizure of a building by NBP members in Latvia with wooden mockup of a grenade from hooliganism to terrorism and gave them a sentence of 15 years in jail.

NBP's #2, Linderman (Abel), from Latvia, who is now active in "Another Russia", is still wanted by Latvian authorities and Interpol on the charges of trafficking of the explosives; several kilograms of C-4 were allegedly found by the police in his Riga apartment. I think the latest is that Russian courts are refusing to extradite him on the suspicion of politically motivated prosecution.

by blackhawk on Sun May 20th, 2007 at 12:40:36 AM EST
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