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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

National Bolsheviks Lose Appeal

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an earlier court ruling declaring the banned National Bolshevik Party an extremist organization.

The court rejected an appeal from the banned party and ruled that a Moscow City Court verdict declaring it an extremist group should stand.

Activists from the group, formerly led by irreverent ultranationalist novelist Eduard Limonov, have played a key role in organizing the Dissenters' Marches in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities throughout the country.

Limonov told reporters that the ruling did not come as a surprise to him.

"I have clashed with the Russian judicial system for many years now and can foresee a verdict just by looking at who the judges are," Limonov said, Interfax reported.

He said the organization had lost "merely one legal battle" Tuesday.

Alexander Averin, a former spokesman for the banned group, denounced the court's ruling as a "political move made at the Kremlin's behest." He said lawyers would appeal the verdict to the European Court of Human Rights. (AP, MT)