Leader of Russian neo-Nazi group Rusich detained in Finland, suspected of terrorism crimes in Donbas

Ukraine wants him extradited

Yan Petrovsky, a Russian national and one of the leaders of the Rusich neo-Nazi group, has been detained in Finland. He is suspected of committing terrorism crimes in Ukraine, as per Sanomat and MTV3.

“One of the leaders of Rusich, Yan Petrovsky, has been arrested in Finland. He is under Eu and US sanctions,” media report.

The Russian, 36, is suspected of committing terrorism crimes in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions between June 2014 and August 2015. Ukraine has submitted a bid to have the man extradited.

RIA Novosti says the Russian embassy in Finland “has been informed that a Russian national was detained upon Kyiv’s request”.

A pro-Russian Rusich neo-Nazi unit took part in the War in Donbas in 2014-2015. It was also involved in the Ukraine war in 2022, led by Alexey Milchakov.

Meduza found out that the neo-Nazis were stealing some of the donations people sent to the Happy New Life charity foundation to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine and refugees.

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