Norway court extends detention of Russian neo-Nazi

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The Oslo district court said Thursday it had extended by one month the custody of a Russian neo-Nazi who was arrested in Oslo in September after escaping from a Russian mental institution.

The court said Viacheslav Datsik, 29, could be kept behind bars until November 17, when his case would be re-examined.

He had reported to Norwegian police with a loaded gun on September 21, and tried to request asylum after fleeing Russia, where he had been incarcerated in a psychiatric institute after a string of armed robberies.

Two Russians and an Estonian, who were all legal residents in Norway, were arrested in subsequent raids, one of them on a tattoo parlour.

More weapons were also found, prompting speculation in the Norwegian media that the men were part of an underground neo-Nazi network.

Datsik was a former mixed martial arts champion specialising in kickboxing who was nicknamed "The Red Tarzan."

He was locked up in a Russian psychiatric institute after robbing a number of mobile phone shops, and escaped by ripping open the fence with his bare hands, according to tabloid reports.

He was photographed in Oslo wearing a black T-shirt with a swastika, and performed a Hitler salute in a Norwegian courtroom despite wearing handcuffs.

Norway rejected his asylum request at the beginning of the month.

© 2010 AFP

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