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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Primorye Bans RNE

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- A district court on Tuesday banned the Russian National Unity movement, a prominent neo-Nazi group, from the Far Eastern region of Primorye.

Members of the movement had tried repeatedly to register with authorities, but were refused. In its ruling, the court noted that the movement had been operating illegally, since it was not registered, and that it was aimed at inciting ethnic hatred.

Russian National Unity, led by Alexander Barkashov, is Russia's most vocal and active neo-Nazi group. Its members sport swastika-like symbols and black uniforms, raise their hands in a Nazi-like salute, and call liberal reforms a Western plot to destroy Russia.