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On December 22, 2006 about 5 p.m. in Moscow there was an attempt to murder 20 year old Tigran, an antifascist activist and one of the creators of www.antifa.ru website. Somebody painted a swastika on a wall and fastened a plate with an anti-Caucasian offensive inscription on a central heating radiator near the Tigran's flat. The plate turned out to be a mine.
Skinhead violence has been stepping up in the beginning of December. During the decade there were attacks in 6 Russian regions: Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Krasnodar Territory, Yaroslavl, Cheboksary and Vladivostok. The number of victims of these attacks in total is 29 people, including 2 people dead.
On November 9-16, 2006 in a number of Russian cities and towns a series of actions took place within the framework of the "Tolerance Week". Meanwhile, the second and the third week of November happened to be also a period of a sudden outburst of neo-nazi violence.
On 4 November 2006, rallies and marches took place in a number of Russian cities to celebrate the Day of National Unity; these actions were organized by right-wing radical groups under a collective name of Russian March. To remind, overall coordination of these events originally planned in 7 Russian cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Syktyvkar, Chita, Irkutsk, and Volgograd), was performed by activists of the Movement against Illegal Immigration (DPNI).
Mass riots took place this weekend in a small - less then 40 thousand people - town of Kondopoga in the republic of Karelia (which is situated to the North of St. Petersburg). It began with an ordinary fight of drunken people in a restaurant and finished with pogroms against people from the Caucasus and clashes of the local inhabitants with the riot police.
The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) and the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) condemn the ethnically motivated riots that occurred in the city of Kondopoga in the Russian Republic of Karelia during the weekend and call for prompt and effective measures to bring to justice those who incited and participated in the violence.