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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Extremist Under Attack For TV Death Threats

A criminal investigation will be launched into death threats made by a political extremist on a nationally broadcast television show against two parliamentary deputies, said acting General Prosecutor Alexei Ilyushenko on Monday.


Wednesday's broadcast of "Gazetnye Istorii" carried an interview with Alexei Vedenkin, deputy head of the Russian National Unity movement. After watching a tape of the show, Ilyushenko ordered his aides to give him "a legal analysis" immediately.


"I guarantee you a crime investigation will be launched," he said.


Speaking on Russian Television, Vedenkin called Sergei Yushenkov, head of the parliament's Defense Committee, and Sergei Kovalyov, the president's human rights commissioner, "scoundrels" and threatened to kill them for their opposition to the war in Chechnya.


"If we come to power, I personally will shoot both of them in the back of the head from my pistol," Vedenkin said.


The Sunday news program "Itogi" repeated the interview, saying that "Russian Nazis" had launched their pre-election campaign.


"We will deal with them seriously," he said. "We will afford neither left-wing nor right-wing extremists to set up their laws in our society."


But according to current law, he said, the office has to give two warnings to any organization or publication which violates the law, and could not ban its activity immediately.


Vedenkin said his organization, if it came to power, planned to eliminate 100,000 opponents plus 150 officials, politicians and prominent public activists.


Vedenkin said he personally knew several organized crime leaders who "share his views."


He said those who don't join his movement "will go into gas ovens."