Investigation of the Neo-Nazi Video with a Murder

In mid-July 2008, the Investigative Committee of the General Prosecutor's Office of Russia admitted that the double murder on the video distributed in August 2007 really took place.

When the video came out, the investigators of the Ministry of Interior stated the video was a fake, so no real investigation was started. On August 15, 2007, Victor Milkov, who posted on the Internet the video which he received by e-mail from Germany, was arrested and later sentenced to 1 year of compulsory labor for violation of the article 282 of the Criminal Code (incitement of hatred).

In January 2008, Artur Umadanov from Dagestan recognized his brother Shamil Umadanov on the video. He also recognized the t-shirt and the jacket on the murdered man. Shamil Umadanov had gone to Moscow to work in summer 2007 and stopped calling his relatives in the middle of August. Relatives reported the fact of recognition to the police, but their complaint was not registered until they sent a letter to President Putin.

According to sources of the Russian magazine The New Times, four young men, members of the violent neo-nazi National Socialist Society, have been recently detained as suspects. Reportedly, this fact has not been admitted by the authorities, because one of the suspects is a son of a high official at one of the law enforcement bodies.