Duma faction turns to prosecutors after activist's Nazi remarks

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MOSCOW, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - The leadership of the left-leaning, patriotic Homeland (Rodina) faction in the lower chamber of the Russian parliament has asked the Prosecutor General's Office to take action against Ella Pamfilova, a prominent Russian human rights activist, after she made accusations of Nazism against the faction, a spokesman said Thursday.

During a televised discussion about nationalism on October 10, Pamfilova said: "I would say there are many people in the Homeland faction who speculate on these issues. And although they deny it, we know that they are sick, unfortunately, with more than just nationalism, because healthy nationalism is characteristic for all nations, but with what I would define as Nazism."

A spokesman for faction leader Dmitry Rogozin said both he and Valentin Varennikov, another senior Homeland member, wanted to sue the activist for slander.

"Let them file it [the suit]," Pamfilova said in response. "I think I did the right thing. I welcome their move and take great satisfaction from it. I absolutely do not regret what I said, and believe it would be very good if it [the case] made it to court."

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