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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nationalist Deputy Arrested For Staging Duma Bombing

A far-right former deputy of the Russian parliamentary lower house has been arrested on suspicion of staging a bomb attack in his own offices, state security officials said on Wednesday.


The explosion took place in the State Duma offices of Nikolai Lysenko, head of the small National Republican Party, last December before a parliamentary election in which he lost his seat.


A duty officer at Federal Security Service, or FSB, headquarters said an investigation had indicated that Lysenko and an aide had staged the explosion themselves.


Lysenko and his aide, Mikhail Rogozin, had been arrested, the FSB official said by telephone.


The bomb exploded in Lysenko's eighth-floor office in the Duma on Dec. 5 shortly after he left the room.


At the time, he blamed Turkish special services who he said had taken exception to a political speech in which he had referred to Ankara's "expansionist" policies in the Caucasus.


The arrest of the former deputy, whose party emblem strongly resembles a Nazi swastika, is the latest bizarre chapter in an outlandish career.


Lysenko tore up the Ukrainian flag in parliament during a debate on the future of the Crimean port of Sevastopol, triggering a crisis in relations with Ukraine.


Earlier last year he seized a crucifix from the neck of priest-deputy Gleb Yakunin in a brawl in the lower chamber.