Khabarovsk, Russia: National Socialist Youth Opens Fire In FSB Office, Killing Two

An underage gunman with links to Russian neo-Nazi groups burst into a Federal Security Service (FSB, successor to the KGB) building in Khabarovsk on April 21, and opened fire. According to the FSB’s public relations center “at 17:02 (10:02 Moscow time) an unknown person entered the FSB reception room in Khabarovsk Krai and began to shoot… An employee of the FSB and one citizen of Central Asia were killed, whilst another was wounded.” The assailant was killed by FSB agents in the resulting shootout (Kommersant, April 21). Later, the FSB revealed the identity of the gunman to be A.V. Konev, a local boy born in 1999 and just 17 at the time of the shooting. Konev had procured his weapons from a local “Hammer” rifle club, after killing its instructor (Kommersant, April 21). The event brings to light the perils of loose guns in the Russian Federation, which have become increasingly disseminated throughout the country both from heists, like the one in Khabarovsk, and from the ongoing conflicts in the North Caucasus and Donbas regions (see EDM, April 11). As weapons fall into the hands of those who may actually use them, the trend raises fears of renewed terrorist violence.

https://jamestown.org/program/young-gunman-neo-nazi-affiliation-highlights-threats-russian-state/

 

Waldbröl, Germany: Nationalist Posse Hunts Invaders, One Confirmed Kill

A trial has started in Germany of a neo-Nazi lynch mob who beat an immigrant man to death on a night when they went ‘hunting’ for migrant invaders.

Prosecutors at Bonn State Court said the four attackers – ranging in age from 19 to 35 – had all been drinking when they set out to find migrants to rough up.

A court spokesman said: ‘The accusation assumes that their original objective was to go out in the town of Waldbröl to mess with refugees.’

One of the accused later said they wanted to ‘hunt refugees down,’ claiming they knew a girl who had been stalked by a migrant.

On the nigh in question the quartet – armed with a baseball bat and knuckledusters – did get into a brawl with some asylum seekers but they managed to get away.

Then the four men, who had all been drinking heavily earlier in the day, chanced upon a 40-year-old immigrant from Kazakhstan, who they knew. Identified only as Klaus B., they proceeded to beat him close to death.

He was hit with the baseball bat, punched in the head with the knuckledusters and kicked repeatedly.  Finally one of the assailants jumped on his back.

It took father-of-two Klaus nine days to die from his injuries which included a fractured skull, broken ribs and  traumatic brain injuries.

Prosecutors say the youngest of the attackers laid into him with the baseball bat.  Robin Fassbender, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Bonn, said; ‘This was a particularly brutal attack.  One of the attackers confirmed they wanted to mess with refugees on this night.’

Klaus B. managed, it is alleged, to get to his feet one last time before his attackers told him to ‘piss off’ and kicked him back down again.

All defendants are known to police because of their right-wing backgrounds.

Four defendants in the courtroom
The four in court, faces covered or blurred

The trial will last until the end of June.  They are charged with grievous bodily harm resulting in death and an attack resulting in death and could be jailed for up to ten years each.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/05/neo-nazi-gang-killed-man-on-night-they-went-hunting-for-immigrants-6616942/

Warsaw, Poland: Tens Of Thousands Take To The Streets To Celebrate Independence Day

Protesters light flares and carry Polish flags during a rally, organised by far-right, nationalist groups, to mark the anniversary of Polish independence in Warsaw, Poland, November 11, 2016. © Kacper Pempel

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Warsaw on the country’s Independence Day, with military ceremonies taking place alongside patriotic revelers and far-right nationalists.

Celebrated on November 11 each year, Poland’s Independence Day marks the regaining of the country’s independence in 1918, after 123 years of partition by the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Habsburg Empire.

While some of Friday’s events were sanctioned by the government, others were demonstrations organized by non-governmental political groups, the largest by far being held by anti-islamic, pro-white Polish nationalists. Marching under the slogan ‘Poland: The Bastion of Europe,’ around 50,000 people were estimated to attend the event.

Much smaller demonstrations of the extreme left wing also took place.

Ruptly footage showed nationalists waving Polish flags through the streets, with many waving flares. Some carried banners depicting a falanga – a far-right symbol from the 1930s depicting a stylized hand with a sword.

Other banners read “God, Honor, Fatherland” and “Death to the enemies of the fatherland,” and “To be a Pole, to be Catholic is a privilege and honor.”

There were no reports of violence or arrests, as the left wing march was located on a different route well away from the main demonstrations.

https://www.rt.com/news/366534-poland-independence-day-marches/#.WCYdSNv5w2U.twitter