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Russian Ultranationalist Leader 'Warned' By Police


Dmitry Dyomushkin, one of the leaders of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, at a press conference in Moscow in February

Dmitry Dyomushkin, one of the leaders of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, at a press conference in Moscow in February

MOSCOW -- The leader of the ultranationalist "Russians" movement says Moscow police have "warned" him on the eve of the so-called "Russian March" on November 4, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Dmitry Dyomushkin told RFE/RL he was detained early on November 2 by Moscow police, who took him to a police station and urged him to avoid any provocations during the march.

Dyomushkin said up to 20,000 nationalist activists may participate in the rally. The Moscow city authorities have given permission for a maximum participation of 10,000 people.

Police say Dyomushkin was detained in connection with some criminal cases launched against him. They say that in an interview to a news agency in October Dyomushkin "called for mass disorder and expressed his views on the superiority of Russians over other ethnic groups."

Police released Dyomushkin after he gave a written pledge not to leave Moscow until the investigation into cases against him was complete.

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