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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Activists Held in MGU Bombing

Itar-TassA fire truck responding Friday to a small explosion at an MGU dormitory.
Police on Friday detained a group of opposition activists at a Moscow airport on suspicion of exploding a small bomb earlier in the day at Moscow State University, a spokesman for the unregistered National Bolshevik Party said.

The bomb exploded in the early hours of Friday in a university dormitory. It shattered windows, but no one was hurt.

A delegation from The Other Russia, an opposition alliance that includes the National Bolsheviks, was scheduled to fly to the Siberian city of Surgut, spokesman Alexander Averin said.

"They were detained without explanation at about 8 p.m. and after 1 1/2 hours they were told that they were being taken in for questioning on suspicion of involvement in the explosion at Moscow State University," Averin said.

Averin said four members of the organization had been detained. Interfax, however, quoted an unidentified law enforcement source as saying that three people had been detained.

Averin denied that his group or any other opposition activists planted the bomb.

More than 1,000 students were evacuated from the 19-story dormitory building as a precaution, Yevgeny Bobylov, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry, told Interfax.

The blast, which occurred on a staircase, blew out windows on several upper floors and caused internal damage to a wall, Bobylov said.