07 December 2018, 12:59
Russian police find no extremism in Jewish movement Shahar leader's actions
Moscow, December 7, Interfax - The police did not find signs of extremism in the actions of Alexander Kargin, the leader of the Jewish movement Shahar and representative of the Israeli ruling party Likud in Russia, his lawyer Igor Zuber told.
"Law enforcement agencies have decided not to open a criminal case against Alexander Kargin, who was probed for extremism. The defense team received a copy of a relevant ruling," Zuber told Interfax on Friday.
"As is indicated in the text of the ruling on the refusal to open a criminal case, the Anti-Extremism Center found no signs of organization of extremist activities in my client's actions," the lawyer said.
Kargin has thus been cleared of all suspicion, he said.
This August, officials from the Anti-Extremism Center (Center E) of Moscow's central office of the Interior Ministry searched the office of the Moscow Jewish Religious Community and "found nationalist literature, which did not belong to Kargin, but was obviously planted in the office," Zuber told. The inquiry had been launched after law enforcement agencies received a report on Kargin, he said.
"As is indicated in the warrant for the procedure, the law enforcement officials conducted an inquiry into actions aimed at fomenting hatred or enmity or insulting a group of people based on their ethnicity and religion," the lawyer said.
It emerged later that about 20-30 posts Kargin made on social networks were being checked for signs of extremism and that a psycholinguistic examination was scheduled.
Additionally, "law enforcement officers inquired about [Kargin's] social activities linked to Jewish organizations and about his circle of acquaintances," Zuber told.