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Nationalists Arrested and Charged

Published: October 24, 2013 (Issue # 1783)



  • Dmitry Mad Yevtushenko (l) and Nikolai Bondarik are both accused of fanning the flames of racism by faking attacks. 
    Photo: Sergey Chernov / SPT

The police have said that the alleged attacks on local residents by migrants during the Oct. 15 Muslim festival of Kurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha) had in fact been faked by nationalist Nikolai Bondarik and his associates in order to provoke anti-immigrant riots.

At a press conference on Oct. 16, St. Petersburg police chief Sergei Umnov claimed that Bondarik was preparing a bloodbath, Fontanka.ru reported.

Bondarik, infamous for his role in so-called Russian clean-ups, the recent series raids against migrant vendors, and anti-LGBT demonstrations, was arrested after his home was searched on Oct. 16. The Investigative Committee announced the same day that Bondarik is a suspect in two criminal investigations launched under anti-extremist article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code on inciting racist or religious hatred as an organized group. Bondarik, who has been taken into pre-trial custody until Dec. 16, faces up to five years in prison.

According to the Investigative Committee, the 47-year-old Bondarik formed an organized group that persuaded a 16-year-old teenager to stab himself in the arm and posted false information about him being a victim of racist attack, which the group used to ignite hatred and hostility toward those of different ethnicity.

In the second case, Bondarik is suspected of offering a reward of 20,000 rubles ($620) to a certain Vasily Baranov, so that Baranov would allow Bondariks associates to fire a rubber bullet in his back on Oct. 15. The Investigation Committee alleged that after the shot had been fired, Baranov told the police officers and paramedics that he was injured by a kiosk vendor of a different ethnicity.

According to Bondariks page on a Russian social network, the news about the alleged attack on Baranov was posted at 6:27 a.m. on Oct. 15.

Contrary to the Investigative Committees statement, Bondariks social network page said that Baranov was allegedly injured in an attack at the Alyans street cafe near 52 Prospekt Prosveshcheniya in the north of the city. According to Bondariks report, around 10 men from the North Caucasus fired rubber bullets at three Russian men, who visited the cafe at around 1 a.m. Bondarik also cited a message from Baranovs wife that said that her husband was unconscious in their apartment while she was afraid to call an ambulance because the non-Russians were blocking the doorway.

According to Bondarik, two other men, 26-year-old Vyacheslav Slyadnyov and 28-year-old Alexander Pravkov, who were with Baranov, were also injured in the alleged incident, albeit less seriously.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburgs answer to the United States popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genres authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBAs newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is Handmade in Germany, an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during todays Djembe and Vuvuzela, a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of todays round table discussion on Interaction with Trade Unions being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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