Norway to expel Russian neo-Nazi: police

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Norway is planning to expel a Russian neo-Nazi who escaped from a psychiatric institute and carried a loaded gun when he went to Norwegian authorities to seek asylum, police said on Thursday.

Viacheslav Datsik, 33, reported to Norwegian police on September 21 to request asylum after fleeing Russia, where he had been incarcerated in a psychiatric institute after a string of armed robberies.

"We are working on trying to expel him for illegal firearms possession," said Oeyvind Nordgaren, head of the organised crime section of Oslo's police force.

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.

"For the moment, we only have a few indications that suggest these people had sympathy with nationalist networks," Nordgaren said.

Nordgaren would not confirm a report in the Norwegian media that Russia's embassy had informed police that Datsik planned an attack on embassy staff or Muslims.

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.

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

© 2010 AFP

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