Far-right groups on rise in Russia’s Far East

Far-right youth movements in Russia’s Far East are using explosives in a bid to achieve their aims, the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Tuesday.

FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov’s comments came a week after an explosive device injured a five-year-old girl at a kindergarten in the Russian Far East city of Komsomolsk-na-Amur.

Far-right groups had earlier threatened to plant bombs in places frequented by migrants. A 26-year-old man has since been charged with “terrorism.”

Bortnikov, who is also the head of Russia’s Anti-Terrorism Committee, said the “unprecedented act” proved it was necessary to increase security in schools and kindergartens.

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