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Russian far-left in tit-for-tat attack on Polish embassy

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Peter Gentle 13.11.2013 11:33
Flares have been thrown into Poland's embassy compound in Moscow in what appears to be retaliation for the attack by Polish nationalists on the Russian embassy during an Independence Day march in Warsaw on Monday.

Russian embassy in Warsaw after march on Monday turned violent: photo - Leszek Szymański / PAP

The Russian RIA Novosti agency reports that "three people were detained" on public disorder charges on Wednesday, with the far-left Other Russia group claiming responsibility for the incident.

The Russian interior ministry later named the three as being Other Russia activists Konstantin Makarov, Simon Verdiyan and Sergei Zaplavnov.

Russia's Foreign Ministry summoned the Polish ambassador to Moscow, Wojciech Zajaczkowski on Tuesday to demand an apology for the attack and compensation for damage inflicted on the embassy and a security checkpoint.

"The attention of the ambassador has been drawn to the passivity and lateness of the police, which resulted in a rampage by hooligans," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Police in Warsaw have said that officers were not posted in large numbers in front of the embassy so as not to be "provocative" to far-right demonstrators. (pg)

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