December 2008. Preliminary Annual Result
In December 2008, in Russia, not less than 8 people (including 2 fatalities) became victims of racist and xenophobic violence. As before, we believe this considerable decrease of the number of victims to be due to underreporting (in the same period of time, in 2007, 11 people were murdered and 39 were injured). In December, attacks were reported in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Volgograd and Belgorod.
Report by Canadian Official and Human Rights Defender Deemed Extremist
On August 26, 2008, the Pervomaiskii District Court, in Krasnodar, declared materials related to the Chinese spiritual discipline Falun Gong to be "extremist.'
A Neo-Nazi Group Convicted in Moscow
On December 15, 2008, Moscow city court convicted a group of neo-Nazis (so called :Ryno gang;) of a series of attacks on representatives of ethnic minorities. In all, they were charged for 20 murders and 12 attempted murders.
Savage Attack on Guest Workers from Tadjikistan near Moscow
On December 5, 2008 in the village Zhabkino (Moscow region), two neo-Nazis attacked two migrant workers from Tadjikistan. One of them, 20 year-old Azizov, was murdered and beheaded.
November 2008. Monthly Summary
In November 2008, not less than 18 people, including 3 fatalities, became victims of racist and neo-nazi violence in Russia. Beside Moscow, the crimes were reported in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Penza and Kaliningrad. For comparison, in November 2007, we recorded 70 victims, including 4 fatalities.