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The following is our monthly review of
xenophobic and radical nationalist activity in Russia, and any response by the
government, for the month of November 2011. The overview is prepared based on
Sova Center’s daily monitoring activities.
The following is our monthly review of the
traditional problems posed by radical nationalism in Russia, as well as any
counteraction by the government, for October 2011. The results are prepared
using information gathered in the course of Sova Center’s daily monitoring.
On September 30, the Savyolovsky District Court in Moscow ruled in
its case against neo-Nazi Anton Mukhachev, who is known by the nom de
guerre "Fly." He stood accused of the formation of an extremist society
(Part 1 of Article 282.1 of the Criminal Code) and fraud (Parts 3 and 4
of Article 159 of the Criminal Code). The trial was held in a closed
session, an increasingly common occurrence in higher-profile trials of
neo-Nazis in Russia.
following is our monthly review of incidents rooted in xenophobia and radical
nationalism in Russia, as well as any counteraction by the state, for the month
of September 2011. This overview has been prepared based on Sova Center's daily
In August of 2011, a Kenyan national was wounded in a neo-Nazi
attack in St. Petersburg. Additionally, racist incidents were noted
(as usual) at the August 2 Airborne Day celebration. At least ten
people in seven regions of the country were affected.
This month, four people in Moscow, St.
Petersburg, and the Nizhny Novgorod regions were injured as a result of racist
or neo-Nazi violence. The victims were identified as dark-skinned, except one
woman from Central Asia.
As a result, the year-to-date total victims
of racist violence are 15 people killed, 70 wounded, and seven receiving death
At least six people became victims of
racist and neo-Nazi attacks in June 2011, with three of those dying due to
their injuries. These figures bring the year-to-date totals to 14 deaths, 58
people injured, and an additional 5 people receiving death threats across 15
regions of Russia.
Dear readers! We would like to draw your attention to the updates from SOVA's
Misuse of Anti-Extremism Legislation project, published each month
on the relevant section of our website. If you are interested in the state's excessive use of
anti-extremism law - in addition to problems of racism and
xenophobia in Russia - you are invited to subscribe to news feeds
from this project, or from SOVA's site as a whole.
May 2011 saw at
least 9 people wounded in neo-Nazi attacks across Russia,
with one Armenian national in Moscow
killed. Incidents were recorded in Moscow (3)
and the Moscow region (1 killed, 2 wounded), St. Petersburg (1 wounded) and the Saratov region (1 wounded).
On May 6, 2011,
the Moscow City Court sentenced neo-Nazi Nikita Tikhonov to life in prison for
the January 2009 murders of attorney Stanislav Markelov and Novaya Gazeta journalist Anastasia Baburova. Tikhonov’s
common-law wife Evgenia Khasis, who acted as a lookout, was sentenced to 18
years in a penal colony for her role in the killing.