Norwegian mass-killer 'devil incarnate': Putin spokesman

25th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The self-confessed Norwegian mass-killer who revealed his admiration for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is a madman and "the devil incarnate," his spokesman said in comments published on Monday.

"He is the devil incarnate. An absolute madman. And whatever he wrote or said, it cannot be called anything but the ravings of a madman," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Kommersant newspaper, referring to Anders Behring Breivik.

The 32-year-old, who has admitted carrying out twin bombing and shooting attacks on Friday, penned a 1,500-page manifesto in which he urges an end to what he describes as a centuries-long Muslim colonisation of Europe and speaks of his admiration for Putin.

In the manifesto, he also denounces political correctness and speaks of the need to establish a Norwegian equivalent of Russia's pro-Putin Nashi patriotic movement.

The Moscow-based movement immediately sought to condemn Breivik's philosophy, calling him a "psychopath and fascist."

"Regardless of the topic he speaks on, the opinion of Anders Breivik remains an opinion of a madman," Nashi spokeswoman Kristina Potupchik told state news agency RIA Novosti.

"Breivik pursued the goal of destabilising the situation in Norway and drawing attention to his fascist ideas. The Nashi movement is known for its uncompromising fight against fascism and we believe we should not react to statements by psycopaths and fascists."

Nashi (Ours) is one of a handful of youth groups which emerged during Putin's 2000-2008 presidency. It professes vehement support for the Kremlin and is known for public harassment of opposition politicians and Western diplomats.

After the tragedy Putin called the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and also sent him a telegram of condolence to condemn the "barbaric crimes."

The popular VKontakte (VK) social network website, which is often referred to as Russia's Facebook, said Monday it had also blocked access to a local Behring Breivik support group.

"There have been more than eight local Breivik support groups and we are following them closely," VK spokesman Vladislav Tsyplukhin said by e-mail.

"We can only block them if they call for extremism or terrorism," he said.

"But we have blocked one."

© 2011 AFP

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