12 March 2014, 10:15

Moscow court arrests in absentia Ukrainian Right Sector leader Yarosh

Moscow court arrests in absentia Ukrainian Right Sector leader Yarosh

Moscow's Basmanny court Wednesday sustained a motion to arrest the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist organization Right Sector in absentia. Dmytro Yarosh is incriminated crimes under Part 2, Article 205.2 of the Russian Criminal code: public calls for terrorist activities and extremism realized with the use of mass media.

Yarosh posted a call on the VK.com social network, urging Chechen separatist leader Doku Umarov to support Ukraine's anti-Russian forces "with weapons in arms".

"Ukrainians have always supported the liberation struggle of the Chechen and other Caucasian peoples. Now it’s the time for you to support Ukraine," Yarosh wrote. "As the Right Sector leader, I urge you to step up the fight. Russia is not as strong as it seems.”

During the first Chechen war, Yarosh was among several Ukrainian militants fighting against Russian troops. His post has caused indignation in republics of the North Caucasus and among the Russian public and lawmakers.

Earlier, Yarosh was put on international wanted list.

Yarosh presses Kiev government to arm Right Sector militants

The leaders of Ukraine's Right Sector ultra-right nationalist movement is pressing the self-imposed Kiev administration to arm Right Sector combatants, ITAR-TASS reports, quoting a source in the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

"The demand was put forward by Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh to the Ukrainian government and Defense Ministry," the source said.

Yarosh claims that the "conservative approaches" of key ministers are hampering efforts to restore order in the country and put an end to anti-maidan protests in eastern and southern Ukraine, the source said.

Yarosh demanded in an ultimatum-like form that part of weapons and military hardware as well as several army training centers be handed over to Right Sector. He claims that such measures are needed to provide "quality training for Right Sector fighters" as they would have to take part in ensuring the territorial integrity in Ukraine, the source said.

On March 5, a proposal was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada to grant Right Sector the status of armed militia, Ukrainian media report.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has sacked three deputy defense ministers over their refusal to back Yarosh's initiative.

Russia seeks arrest warrant for Ukrainian radical Yarosh - court official

Russian investigators have asked Moscow's Basmanny Court to issue an arrest warrant in absentia for the leader of Ukraine's Right Sector radical movement, Dmytro Yarosh,

Yarosh, who has been accused by the Russian authorities of calling for terrorist activity. "An appropriate request has been received from the investigators. The court will consider it on March 12," court spokesperson Natalya Romanova told Interfax on Friday.

Ukraine's Yarosh put on int'l most wanted list, accusations brought in absentia - Moscow

Dmytro Yarosh, the leader of the Ukrainian radical organization Right Sector, against whom Russia has opened a criminal case on charges of calls for terrorism, has been declared internationally wanted and indicted in absentia, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

"The Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation ruled to name Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh as defendant committing crimes under Part 2, Article 205.2 of Russia’s Criminal Code and Part 2, Article 280 of the Criminal Code (public calls for terrorist activities and public calls for extremism using mass media),"Markin specified.

The investigation believes that in his speeches, the leader of Ukrainian ultranationalist organization Right Sector Dmytro Yarosh publicly called anti-Russian forces to extremist actions ant terrorism on Russia’s territory.

Markin stressed that "any person committing or making calls for committing grave crimes on Russia’s territory or towards its citizens would definitely be held criminally liable in compliance with rules of international laws and Russian legislature regardless his location of citizenship, when that entails the protection of legal interests of Russian citizens and constitutional bases of our state".

"The investigation made a ruling that puts Dmytro Yarosh in international wanted list. In the soonest time, the investigation intends to appeal for issuing an order of detention in absentia," Markin added.

Right Sector is a radical Ukrainian nationalist paramilitary and opposition group. It is described as having right-wing, ultra right-wing, borderline fascist or neofascist views.

Speaking about his attitude towards non-Ukrainians, Yarosh referred to controversial WWII figure Stepan Bandera as a model. For those fighting with Right Sector "for Ukraine," Yarosh stated that they should be treated "as comrades." For those opposing them, Yarosh stated that they should be treated "in a hostile way."

Aleksander Muzychko, a Right Sector leader was videotaped physically assaulting a Ukrainian public prosecutor in his office, threatening to pull him to Maidan square with a rope.

Journalist Oleg Shynkarenko has written that Right Sector's support for "traditional morals and family values, against the cult of profit and depravity," implies opposition to homosexuality, and the estimation of the "rights of the nation" against "human rights."

Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS

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