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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Firm Housed Neo-Nazis

gang of Russian neo-Nazis arrested at the weekend had been operating under the protection of a commercial company based in Moscow, a spokesman for the Federal Counterintelligence Service said Tuesday. Alexander Zdanovich said up to five people from the Werewolf gang had been detained Monday and charged with the murders of two gang members who had disobeyed its leader. "The group operated under the cover of one of the commercial companies as a security unit," he said. He declined to name the company. Agents had confiscated a large quantity of arms, Zdanovich said. "The leader of the gang had an office in this commercial company and occupied a post of the head of the security body of the company," Zdanovich said. "His office was decorated with portraits of Hitler and Nazi emblems including the swastika." Zdanovich said the members of the group had confessed that they had planned to kill several political figures and had already attacked a sports complex and a monastery. "All their statements still need to be checked," Zdanovich said. "At present we cannot say exactly whether they really carried out attacks or planned the political terrorist actions. But definitely they are real Nazis." Zdanovich said the gang members also confessed to plans to set fire to Moscow cinemas which showed Steven Spielberg's film "Schindler's List,"about a German industrialist who saved thousands of Jews during World War II. "For the first time we were faced with a well-organized neo-Nazi group," he said. "In the past only teenagers were fond of Nazi emblems and uniform and there was no organization."