A neo-nazi leader arrested in Moscow
On July 3, 2007, Maxim Martsinkevich (alias Tesak, which means "hatchet"), the leader of a neo-nazi group Format18, was arrested in in Moscow.
In April 2007, Tesak was charged with hate propaganda (article 282, part 1) in connection with his intervention at the debate in a Moscow club on February 28, 2007. He may be sentenced up to 5 years of imprisonment.
His speech was examined by experts, who found that it included "phrases of an extremist nature".
After the charges had been initiated, Tesak was put on a wanted list. However, before he was arrested, he had been actively participating in a number of manifestations, including celebration of Hitler's birthday.
Tesak's arrest coincided with the new amendments to the anti-extremist legislation being discussed in the State Duma.