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Submission to the Supreme Court of Russia of a claim for the recognition of “Azov” terrorist organization and the prohibition of its activities in the country was “unconditional and obvious.” This was stated by Russian Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov in an interview with Kommersant.
According to him, the facts of the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare by members of this organization were established, as well as evidence of their committing extremist and terrorist crimes.
“The crimes committed by the Azov militants can only be compared in their cruelty with the actions of the Nazi invaders and their accomplices during the Second World War,” — Krasnov stressed, pointing out that the militants took Nazi symbols and slogans as a basis.
He pointed out that human rights activists, journalists and public figures spoke during the court session, who presented materials about the torture and murder of civilians civilians, including children, deliberate attacks on civilian objects, mining and planting of explosive devices in the places of residence of civilians by militants.
“The court agreed with the opinion on the need to ban the activities of the Azov association; immediately”, — added the Prosecutor General.
The Supreme Court of Russia found “Azov” terrorist organization and banned its activities in Russia on August 2.
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Now, participation in the organization provides for criminal liability: organizers— up to life imprisonment, and ordinary participants— up to 20 years old. The property of a terrorist organization or its branch is subject to confiscation.
«Azov» was formed in Mariupol in May 2014 from volunteers. In November of the same year, the former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov signed a decree on the transfer of the battalion to the National Guard as a special purpose regiment.
Russia has not once stated that “Azov” — neo-Nazi association. In early May, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that the battalion's militants “wear on their clothes, on their bodies the symbol and tattoos of the swastika, of the Nazi Waffen-SS battalions, openly read and propagate Mein Kampf.”
According to him, the leading role in their preparation was played by the United States and Canada, who wanted the “Azov” militants to “poured into the regular Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
At the beginning of Russia's special operation in Ukraine, the members of “Azov” were at the Azovstal plant for two months; in Mariupol. In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled the assault on the plant, ordering it to be blocked.
Negotiations on the evacuation of civilians and the military intensified through the mediation of the UN. In early May, civilians were first taken out of the plant, and later the military began to surrender. May 20 Azovstal came under the full control of the Russian Armed Forces. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, 2,439 fighters of the Azov regiment surrendered.