MOSCOW, March 19 (RAPSI) – A criminal case has been opened against 14 alleged members of an extremist organization operating in the Krasnodar Krai, the Investigative Committee’s press service reports.

Two local citizens aged 19 and 20 years are suspected of illegal organization of an extremist community, 12 others aged from 16 to 30 are suspected of participating in this group, the statement reads.

According to the probe, in 2018, a resident of the town of Gelendzhik along with his accomplices created the extremist organization to commit crimes against persons leading antisocial lifestyle and without a fixed place of residence and to incite national hatred and enmity.

The suspects also drew nationalist images on buildings in Gelendzhik. Between November 2019 and December 2020, they stroke at people along ethnic lines and beat them, the case papers read.

Five alleged members of the extremist group have been arrested.