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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Barkashov Shot, Arrested

The rightist leader Alexander Barkashov, on the run since the government ended an armed revolt by parliamentarians in October, has been arrested after being wounded by unknown assailants, Interfax quoted the Interior Ministry as saying Monday.


The news agency said the public relations department of the Interior Ministry had confirmed that Barkashov, head of the banned nationalist and anti-Semitic Russian National Unity movement, was arrested late last week and transferred to an Interior Ministry hospital.


"He is not quite well but his state of health is under control," Reuters quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying.


Barkashov, 40, was among those heading the armed guard of parliament's self-proclaimed defense minister during the rebellion against President Boris Yeltsin. He had managed to evade police after the authorities stormed the parliament on Oct. 4, and was the last ringleader still being sought by police.


The exact circumstances of his hospitalization and arrest remain shrouded in mystery. Itar-Tass said Barkashov had been wounded on the streets of Moscow late Dec. 22 by shots fired from a car driving past him. He had been taken to a hospital by the driver of the car, operated upon twice and arrested on his hospital bed Thursday after police were tipped off to his presence.


Itar-Tass pointed out, however, that this version was dubious: Barkashov was not likely to have been alone and unprotected on the streets of Moscow given his large security network.


(Interfax, Itar-Tass, Reuters)