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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

National Bolsheviks' Offices Stormed

A group of men in civilian clothing accompanied by police broke into the headquarters of the National Bolshevik Party on Thursday and demanded that party members evacuate the premises, a NBP spokesman said. It was the second attempt in two days to evict the party.

Three carloads of men in plainclothes, accompanied by police, arrived at the NBP basement headquarters on Kashirskoye Shosse at around 1:30 p.m. and broke through the metal door before ordering party members to leave, NBP spokesman Alexander Averin said by telephone Thursday evening.

Around 10 party members handcuffed themselves to a radiator in the basement and police physically assaulted them, Averin said.

"They are literally being beaten right now," he said.

More than 20 party members were detained, Averin later told Ekho Moskvy radio.

On Wednesday, police came to the headquarters, first alone and then later with representatives of the owner of the space, to try to evict the party, the NBP said on its web site. NBP lawyers, however, convinced the owner's representatives that they had no legal grounds for the eviction, given the party's one-year rental agreement, the party said.

City police spokesman Valery Buzovkin said Thursday that area residents had complained about young people coming and going at all hours, and that the NBP had signed the contract under the name of a different organization.

"When the landlord found out that the National Bolsheviks were there, he asked them to move out," Buzovkin said. He said he had no information about Thursday's incident.

Averin said the men in civilian clothing claimed to have been sent "from Lubyanka," referring to the Federal Security Service, or FSB, headquarters. An FSB spokeswoman said she had no information regarding the incident.

In June, police forcibly evicted NBP, which is headed by writer Eduard Limonov, from its former headquarters near Frunzenskaya metro station.