Dmitri Bogotich, the man described as "Israel's first neo-Nazi soldier", landed in Israel on Monday and was immediately arrested, after being extradited from Kyrgyzstan.
Bogotich was arrested on suspicion of heading a gang of neo-Nazis – Patrol 36 - who engaged in hate crimes against the homeless, foreign workers, and religious people in Petah Tikvah. He escaped to Russia immediately following his first investigation in the case in 2007, before the harshest attacks were even discovered.
Bogotich will be taken straight for police questioning from Ben Gurion International Airport.
Eight members of the gang were arrested in 2007; Bogotich, who is suspected of being the gang leader, was the only one who disappeared. By day he served in the Israel Defense Forces as a guard, and by night, according to the indictment, he would lynch people based on their ethnicity.
The gang would go out a little after midnight and find a victim to abuse. Drunk with power and alcohol, they would kick, punch and break things - documenting everything on cell-phone cameras. They selected their victims on the basis of neo-Nazi propaganda: dark-skinned people, foreign workers, drug addicts, homosexuals and anyone else who was in their way.
On July 18, 2007, police investigators went to the apartment he shared with his mother in Tel Aviv and brought him in for questioning. By the next day, he had already fled the country.