On 21 August 2012, police in the southern Spanish city of Granada detained Pyotr Silayev, an activist of Russia’s anti-fascist movement, who has received asylum in Finland. The police refused to accept Mr Silayev’s assertion that Finland had granted him international protection and permanent residence. Mr Silayev was detained based on an Interpol arrest warrant issued by Russia, which accuses him of “attacking the town hall in Khimki together with 150 accomplices, using firearms and smashing windows.” Mr Silayev fled Russia in August 2010 and was granted asylum in Finland in April 2012. The other two people mentioned in the arrest warrant are Denis and Maxim Solopov and Alexey Gaskarov. Earlier, Maxim Solopov fled Russia via Ukraine to the Netherlands, where he obtained political asylum. Denis Solopov and Alexey Gaskarov were tried in connection with the incident in Khimki. Mr Silayev entered Spain three days ago using his new Finnish identity. At present, he is in police custody in Granada. On 22 August 2012, he will be taken to Madrid where his extradition case will be heard at the Audiencia Nacional. Mr Silayev is hoping for assistance from the Finnish Embassy in Madrid.
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