Extremists may hijack Russian parliament polls: Minister

July 14th, 2011 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Extremist groups may attempt to disrupt Russia’s upcoming parliamentary election campaign, a minister said Thursday.

Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said he could not rule out that extremists would try to use the polls to “achieve their sordid goals”.

He also warned of possible terrorist attacks and ethnic tensions in the period leading to the Dec 4 polls.

President Dmitry Medvedev has said inter-ethnic violence was a threat to Russia’s stability.

Right-wing extremism in Russia has been a major cause for concern.

A group of ultra-nationalist youths were recently sentenced to 10 to 25 years in jail for brutal murders of at least 27 ethnic minority people.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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