Jehovah's Witnesses, considered "extremist' by the Russian authorities
At 11 o'clock, on July 16, 2008, the FSB searched a Jehovah's Witnesses' house of faith in Yekaterinburg, in the Sverdlovsk region. 18 believers who now face criminal charges were detained while preparing for the service, and were denied the use of cell phones so that it was impossible for them to contact their relatives or their lawyers. All biblical literature was confiscated from the church.
Education - The First Step towards Tolerance
If asked what a first measure would be to combat extremism among the population, many an informed observer would answer "education'. In St. Petersburg, parental meetings were held in April and May to discuss the ways to fight youth extremism.
Medvedev: :Russia sees it as its responsibility to counter the manifestations of neo-fascism;
On July 15, the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitriy Medvedev was received at the building of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Smolensk area of Moscow by the heads of diplomatic missions and representations of Russia abroad and within international organizations. It was during this encounter that the President outlined Russia's foreign policy priorities.
"Forbidden Art' Forbidden
On May 13, 2008, Yuri Samodurov, director of the Sakharov museum in Moscow, was charged on the basis of Paragraph 2, Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code (incitement to national and religious hatred), for the 2006 exhibition "Forbidden Art'.
The DPNI Strives for Legality
On July 12, 2008, the congress of the Movement against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) decided to move from radical nationalism to "nationalism in the European sense'. A deep rift within the organization is however on the horizon.
Artist and Comic Book Designer Khikhus Attacked in Moscow by Fascists
On July 11, 2008, near the Taganskaya metro station in Moscow, artist and comic book designer Хихус (Khikhus) was attacked by a fascist. The reason for the attack was most likely Khikhus' appearance (dreadlocks).
Two Nazi-skinhead Groups face Criminal Charges in Moscow
On July 1, 2008, the district attorney's office passed two criminal cases to the Moscow City Law Court, concerning the accusations against "the Ryno gang; and :the Ivan Kalinichenko gang;.
Russian Public Opinion 2007 - A Study by the Levada Research Center
In June 2008, the Левада (Levada) Research Center released the ninth edition of its annual report on Russian public opinion, for the year 2007. The nineteenth section of the report is specifically concerned with ethnic relations in Russia, and the Russians' attitudes towards foreigners.
:Hitler's Table Talks; - Extremist Material or Historical Monograph?
On July 8, 2008, the Ulyanovsk Law Court acknowledged as extremist material the book of English historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, :Hitler's Table Talks. 1941-1944;.
The Amazing Adventures of :The Strike of the Russian Gods; in Russia
In June and July 2008 law-enforcement agencies and law courts of different regions of Russia considered the book :Удар русских богов; (:The Strike of the Russian Gods;), and delivered solutions of a surprising variety.