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DPNI leader Alexander Potkin hit on the run

April 14 2008

The prosecutor's office of the Western Administrative District of Moscow criminal case was opened for 282 th article of the Penal Code against the leader of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) Alexander Potkin (Belov uses a pseudonym).

The basis was the presentation by Mr. Potkin the "Russian March" in 2007. Moreover, the primary material has been sent to the prosecutor of the Moscow Police, signed by the head of the Moscow police department Vladimir Pronin.

Examination carried out by staff in May of Forensic Science Center (Forensic Centre) Metropolitan police showed that in a speech DPNI leader identified utterances that contain a negative assessment of the group of persons on grounds of nationality and religion, as well as belonging to any social group.

If the prosecution can prove the guilt of Alexander Potkin, the latter faces a sentence of up to 5 years imprisonment. Meanwhile, as the website of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, Alexander Potkin fled in an unknown direction. "With Alexander Belov yet could not be reached, he had to go to Uglich, but still not communicate. His whereabouts unknown," - said in a statement.

Earlier, the head of DPNI has become figurant several criminal cases. In 2006, for example, Karelia Prosecutors brought criminal charges for "inciting hatred and denigration of human dignity." As reported in the decision of the prosecutor's office, "Belov made a special trip from Moscow and took an active part in organizing and conducting 2 September 2006 in the town of Kondopoga unauthorized rally involving more than 2,000 citizens, and also participated in the elaboration of requirements for local authorities in respect of non-indigenous population of the city aimed at inciting hostility toward the citizens who came to Kondopoga from the Chechen Republic and the republics of the Caucasus region who live in Kondopoga. In addition, blame Mr. Potkin imputed statements that were made by him during the TV shows "People want to know" on September 8 channel TV-Center and the "Week of September 9 on REN-TV. These statements, says the decision of the prosecutor's office, Belov made to "incite hatred and enmity, human dignity of persons on grounds of nationality."

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