Masked men wielding baseball bats and gas pistols, several of whom were wearing T-shirts bearing the emblem of the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi, attacked a group of National Bolshevik Party activists Monday night, activists who witnessed the incident said Tuesday.
The attack, which witnesses said lasted only a few minutes, left three people hospitalized. Opposition youth activists and political leaders accused Nashi of carrying out a well-planned attack against the Kremlin’s political opponents and warned of an escalating conflict. Nashi, or Us, which has condemned radical youth groups as “fascists” and proclaimed them to be its primary political foes, denied any connection to the attack. (more…)