WORLD Russia says planned riots averted with crackdown on extremist group

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Russia says planned riots averted with crackdown on extremist group

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22:12, November 03, 2017

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Russian opposition activist Vyacheslav Maltsev attends an opposition rally in Moscow, Russia. Russia's top domestic security agency on  May 6. File Photo: AP

Members of an extremist organization who were planning a series of firebomb attacks to trigger riots for the coming weekend have been detained in the Moscow Region, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on November 3.

The detainees are members of Artpodgotovka (Artillery Bombardment), a society founded by Vyacheslav Maltsev, a Russian politician and critic of President Vladimir Putin, who is accused of predicting or trying to mastermind a "revolution" in Russia on November 5.

The detainees, whose names and number were not disclosed immediately, were planning to attack administrative buildings and police, an FSB statement said.

Fifteen petrol bombs, known as Molotov cocktails, were seized during the operation. the FSB said.

Maltsev, who faces a criminal case, was said to have fled Russia and his whereabouts remain unknown, according to an Interfax report.

Law enforcement bodies have suppressed the activities of Artpodgotovka cells in five cities in central and southern Russia and in Siberia, the FSB said. 

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