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Russia's FSB Arrests Radical Nationalist

Monday, 16 April 2001 12:00 AM

Savenko, better known under his pen name, Limonov, was arrested on April 8 and charged with an illegal attempt to buy firearms and explosives.

Besides Limonov, security officers arrested 15 party activists including Sergei Aksyonov, who was a member of the party's executive committee and founder of the party newspaper, Limonka.

According to Moscow's Kommersant daily, a large group of ultra-nationalists was detained in different parts of Russia on suspicion of organizing an armed criminal gang. The paper added that Limonov was arrested while on vacation in Russia's Altai Mountains.

Last Monday, all suspects were brought to Moscow, where most were released immediately after questioning.

The FSB, however, decided to put Aksyonov and Limonov in custody while investigating alleged links with organized crime.

Both are being held in Moscow's Lefortovo prison where another controversial figure, former aluminum tycoon Anatoly Bykov is awaiting the results of investigation into charges of conspiracy to murder and money laundering.

Kommersant said that Limonov had been working recently on his new book portraying Bykov and had traveled to Altai to draw inspiration from the region's picturesque and breathtaking nature.

Investigators are currently probing whether Limonov had had motives other than writing to travel to distant parts of Russia.

However, Limonov's attorney Sergei Belyak thought that the arrest was connected with the FSB's recent raids on the National-Bolshevik party's offices in the provincial cities of Saratov and Ufa where an arsenal of firearms were found.

"They may have thought that Eduard perhaps is linked to the acquisition of guns," Belyak told Kommersant. "I am not ruling out, though, that Limonov's arrest is an act of intimidation. A special signal given by the authorities to all left-radical parties so that they know who is the boss in the house."

One-time emigre in the United States, Limonov earned a scandalous reputation as a writer after he wrote a semi-biographical account of his U.S. sojourn. The book abounded in obscenities and was prohibited for publication in the Soviet Union for several years.

Copyright 2001 by United Press International.

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