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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hardliners Want Nevzorov Back

About 200 hardline demonstrators gathered outside the offices of the pro-Communist newspaper Sovietskaya Rossiya on Monday evening to demand that Alexander Nevzorov, the outspoken nationalist broadcast journalist, be returned to the airwaves.

Vehemently protesting what they termed the Russian government's increasing encroachment on press freedoms, editors from Sovietskaya Rossiya and the ultranationalist paper Den declared that moves to stifle the conservative media could lead to civil war.

"The government doesn't want to let the people express their will", said Vladimir Chikin, editor in chief of Sovietskaya Rossiya.

Nevzorov, the host of the popular nightly news show "600 Seconds", was sacked two weeks ago after making a televised appeal for citizens to form volunteer regiments to defend the constitution from violations by Yeltsin.

Both Sovietskaya Rossiya and Den have been taken to court by the government for alleged violations of the country's press law, who say these conservative media have both broken the law and threatened political stability.