Members of an alleged neo-Nazi ‘murder cult’ accused of plotting terrorist attacks have been arrested in Russia.
The FSB security service said they made arrests in nine Russian cities of members of the Ukraine linked “youth gang” called M.K.U, which stands for ‘Maniacs. Murder. Cult’.
Sixteen members of the group have been detained, according to security forces.
It is alleged that the group were preparing “terrorist” attacks on civilians and government buildings.
Officers reportedly seized bladed weapons, digital data storage devices and ‘communication’ gadgets, and ‘manuals for making terrorist tools’.
The gang’s Ukrainian-based leader is reported to be Yegor Krasnov, who is accused of neo-Nazi writings.
The FSB claimed to have found specific links between him and the detainees.
He reportedly wrote: “This whole world is against me and the white race.
“It was occupied by an abominable filth that needed racial cleansing.
“All people must die. The superman is obliged to lead world domination and give rise to a new being.”
The group claims to have supporters in Britain and Latvia.
The FSB said that Krasnov, who is based in Ukraine, “coordinated (M.K.U’s) criminal activities, giving them instructions and encouraging them to carry out terrorist attacks and extremism-related crimes in Russia.
“The group recruited new members in stages. At first, the M.K.U. leader told them to draw extremist slogans on buildings.
“After this, they were ordered to beat homeless persons or members of youth subculture groups and later, assault civilians and law enforcement officers with bladed weapons and attack government buildings, setting them on fire and carrying out explosions.”
Krasnov was reportedly detained in Ukraine last year and to have boasted that he had killed at least 15 people.
Russia reported last month that it had held 14 alleged members of the same group.