THE RUSSIAN NATIONALISM BULLETIN
A Biweekly Newsletter of Current Affairs
Vol. 3, No. 2(44), 1 February 2009
Compilers: Scott Littlefield & Andreas Umland
I NEWS: 15 31 January 2009
II SURVEYS, ANALYSES, COMMENTS
III ANNOTATIONS OF PUBLICATIONS OF 1990-2006
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I NEWS: 15 31 January 2009
7 TAJIK MIGRANTS DIE IN MOSCOW CONSTRUCTION FIRE
Bigotry Monitor-UCSJ' weekly newsletter, Volume 9, Number 3, January
On January 13, seven construction workers died from smoke inhalation
in Moscow after a fire broke out in an underground parking garage
where they were being housed illegally, officials told "The Moscow
Times." All of the victims were migrant workers from Tajikistan.
Twenty people were rescued.
"Local construction companies commonly violate safety regulations by
allowing migrant workers to live at construction sites," the
English-language daily commented.
At least some of the workers were living inside the garage, which is
located under a 24-story apartment building, Yevgeny Bobolyov a
spokesman for the Moscow branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry
was quoted as saying. "I saw beds and kitchens there." RIA-Novosti
quoted an unidentified emergency official to the effect that about 100
migrant workers were living in the garage in improvised rooms using
But Lyubov Kolchinskaya, a spokeswoman for the construction firm which
is building the apartment complex and garage, denied that any workers
were living at the site. She added that on December 26 the City Hall
committee for construction oversight examined the site and found no
However, the Emergency Situations Ministry said that walls in the
garage were made from flammable material in "crude violation of fire
safety regulations." The Federal Migration Service announced that it
would investigate whether the workers were in the country legally.
LEAD BOMBER OF MCDONALD'S SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS
Bigotry Monitor-UCSJ' weekly newsletter, Volume 9, Number 3, January
The city court of St. Petersburg sentenced three men to prison for two bombings, one of which targeted anti-fascist activists, according to the national daily "Kommersant" dated January 13. A jury found the three guilty of setting off bombs on Vladimirsky Square and inside a McDonald's restaurant on Nevsky Prospekt in February 2007. The court sentenced the ringleader, ultranationalist Fyodor Kovalchuk, to 15 years in prison, handed down a six year sentence to another defendant, and let the third one off with a suspended sentence. The jury found the fourth conspirator not guilty, primarily because he was a juvenile at the time of the crime.
The February 4, 2007 Vladimirsky Square bomb was aimed at killing
anti-fascist activists participating in a program, called "Food Not
Bombs," to feed the homeless. Neo-Nazis routinely attack such
gatherings, which take place in cities across Russia. (Victims include
the famous anti-fascist musician Timur Kacharava, who was murdered in
St. Petersburg on his way home from an event.) The defendants packed
the bomb with shrapnel in order to maximize casualties. But the bomb
went off after the event was over, and only one person was injured.
The February 18 McDonald's bombing caused significantly more
destruction: ten injuries and two million rubles worth of damage. The
goal of that blast was vaguely stated in the "Kommersant" report as "a
desire to influence decisions by the local government on questions of
The prosecutor reduced the potential jail time the defendants faced by
asking that "terrorism" charges be reduced to "hooliganism" because
the bombing of the anti-fascist event was aimed at a non-governmental
group, rather than a government institution. It is not clear yet if
the defense will appeal the verdict.
In its dispatch, Reuters noted contradictory reports about the motive
for the attack. Shortly after the suspects' detention, investigators
told the web site Gazeta.ru that the bombing was meant to honor
ultranationalist leader Dmitry Borovikov, shot dead by police in May
2006 after allegedly resisting arrest. Later, prosecutors said that
objective of the explosion "was to express disagreement with the
authorities and the existing regime." Yet in court, according to
national media reports, Kovalchuk claimed that his attack was
triggered by Western media criticism of a speech by then President
Vladimir Putin warning of a new Cold War. Reuters pointed out that
McDonald's restaurants have been frequent targets of
anti-globalization protesters and are often identified with the United
States, where the fast food chain is headquartered.
Murdered Russian lawyer received threats from skinheads, says
Ren TV, January 20, 2009, BBC Monitoring
Lawyer Stanislav Markelov, who was murdered in central Moscow on 19
January, had received threats from skinheads, Vladimir Ryzhkov, a
former State Duma member and the leader of the Republican Party, which
did not get through the registration, has told Ren TV.
"He was a lawyer who was hated by skinheads, hated specially by those
Russian neo-Nazis. It [the murder] is a challenge to the whole of
society, to the law enforcement system. I was told that recently he
had received threats from skinheads," he said.
Russian TV report raises prospect of Crimea's secession from Ukraine. Text of report by state-owned Russian channel Rossiya
BBC Monitoring, January 20, 2009
(Presenter) Crimea is today marking 18 years of its autonomy. However,
the celebrations have been marred by economic, social and political
problems. The festive sitting of parliament was preceded by a rally
and an all-Crimean veche (term for a medieval popular assembly).
Crimeans were demanding that the Ukrainian authorities cease
discrimination against the Russian language, abandon the course for
the country joining NATO and allow the Russian Black Sea Fleet to stay
in Crimea indefinitely. Dmitriy Kaystro reports from a peninsula that
dreams to be an island, not geographically, but politically.
(Correspondent) Crimea has marked another anniversary of its autonomy
with numerous rallies. The largest ones took place in Simferopol.
Thousands of people took to the streets there to reassert their right
to special status.
The peninsula is probably going through the most difficult times in
the 18 years of its autonomy - an economic crisis, inflation,
enterprises sitting idle, towns freezing without Russian gas. Against
this background, the
political crisis affecting Ukraine's central government is
deteriorating. Kiev is turning a blind eye to the problems of the
autonomous republic and pressing on with issues of Ukrainization.
Across the whole of Crimea, rallies are taking place at which people
are saying that they see their future only together with Russia.
(People holding a "Russian bloc" banner chant "Sevastopol, Crimea,
(Oleh Slyusarenko, captioned as chairman of the executive committee
of Crimea's Russian community) We can see how Russia has regained its
spirit in recent years. It is growing and it is being revitalized.
This is filling us with optimism because we can see how the political
regime of Ukrainian nationalists is deteriorating and lapsing into
(Correspondent) The only autonomous entity in the country, the only
region in which the constitution operates for real and the only ethnic
enclave in which 90 per cent of people call Russian their native
language has today become a real line of defence.
(Video shows a queue of cars displaying Russian national and naval flags)
(Vyacheslav Zakharov, captioned as member of the Communist Party of
Ukraine) It is precisely the autonomous status that acts as an
umbrella shielding Crimeans against all the hardships and problems
that are being created by Kiev in large numbers. Naturally, Kiev would
love to abolish Crimea's autonomous status.
(Correspondent) Kiev cannot forgive Crimea not just its excessive
self-reliance but also the autonomous republic's special position on
pressing issues such as the gas crisis, relations with NATO and events
in the Caucasus.
(Mykhaylo Bakharev, captioned as deputy chairman of the Supreme
Council of Crimea) The Supreme Council of Crimean has adopted an
appeal to the Supreme Council of Ukraine to recognize South Ossetia
(Correspondent) The political conflict is deteriorating amid an
economic crisis. Enterprises are coming to a halt one after another.
Titanium and (?soda) factories, the republic's main contributors to
the budget, are already sitting idle.
(Petro Zaporozhets, no caption) There is no gas pressure. They can
talk as much as they want about there being gas reserves, but why are
they not supplying heating and hot water then? It means that these are
just words that are not matched by deeds.
(Correspondent) Sevastopol and Kerch are freezing. There are
interruptions to heating and hot water supply to residential buildings.
(Woman, no caption, holding a thermometer) It is four degrees here. I
have just pressed it with a finger and it has gone up to five.
(Correspondent) People are using pre-revolutionary stoves to heat
frozen flats in Kerch, burning car tyres to revive heating systems
that are on their last legs and looking with hope towards Russia. It
is just a few kilometres away, across the Kerch Strait, and there is
heating in residential buildings there.
(Uncaptioned man in Cossack uniform addresses a crowd) Cossacks, do
you want to be forever with Moscow, forever with the Russian people?
(The crowd replies) We do.
(Correspondent) Another event is being commemorated in Crimea - the
335th (as heard; should be 355th) anniversary of the Council of
Pereyaslav. At it, the reunification of ancient Russian lands into a
single Russian state took place. The event was marked with a
theatrical show in which history and modernity spoke with one voice.
(Serhiy Tsekov, captioned as first deputy chairman of the Supreme
Council of Crimea, addressing a rally) Whereas in the past it took us
more than 400 years to reunite Rus, today this will happen much earlier.
(Correspondent) Protest sentiment in Crimea is becoming far too
evident for Kiev to dismiss it merely as an operational problem.
Russian editor charged for anti-Semitic articles
JTA, January 21, 2009
MOSCOW (JTA) -- Local Russian authorities charged a newspaper editor
with inciting hatred for a swath of anti-Semitic and xenophobic articles.
Alexander Yaremenko, the editor of Russian Transbaikal, oversaw the
publication of nationalistic articles that lashed out at immigrants to
Russia and Jews over the course of two years, according to Vladimir
Skubiev, the prosecutor in the eastern Russian city of Chita, near
The articles asked inflammatory questions in the headlines such as "To
whom and why should we lie about the Holocaust?" or "What is the
Holocaust?" Jewish.ru reported.
Other articles also advocated violence against immigrants and called
for their expulsion from Russia.
Other editors have faced suspended sentences of one year for similar
Murder incorporated in Russia
The Boston Globe, January 21, 2009
THE LATEST political murders in Moscow took place within shouting
distance of the Kremlin, and the victims - a human rights lawyer and
an aspiring student reporter - had both angered dangerous forces.
These were obviously contract killings. The crime tells the world once
again that in today's Russia, gangland-style rules predominate over
the rule of law.
Stanislav Markelov, a young lawyer who had been trying to prevent the
early release of a Russian army colonel convicted of strangling to
death a woman in Chechnya, was shot in the head Monday by a man
wearing a ski mask.
The hit man also shot and killed Anastasia Baburova, a university
student and intern at the independent paper Novaya Gazeta who had been
reporting on neo-Nazi groups in Moscow.
Markelov had received death threats because of his efforts to keep the
murderer of the strangled Chechen woman in prison. In the past, he had
defended the assassinated reporter Anna Politkovskaya as well as labor
unions, human rights groups, and other journalists. He knew his life
was at risk because of his legal work, as are the lives of many of the
most admirable people in Russia - the lawyers, reporters,
environmentalists, and human rights defenders who try to make the
Kremlin live up to its claim of presiding over a law-based democratic
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has spoken of his determination to
improve Russia's attractiveness to investors, both foreign and
domestic, by strengthening the rule of law. But as long as powerful,
hidden bosses can have people like Markelov, Baburova, or
Politkovskaya murdered with impunity, Russia will deserve its
reputation as a Mafia petrostate crouching behind a Potemkin democracy.
Only 15% believe that Lenin stays in mausoleum by right, while two
thirds of citizens suggest burying him poll
Interfax-Religion, January 21, 2009
Moscow, January 21, Interfax - Sociologists of the VTsIOM All-Russian
Public Opinion Research Center says the number of Russians who are
against burying Lenin's body is gradually decreasing.
respondents asked in 2005 believed it necessary to leave the leaders'
body in mausoleum in the country's main square, while in mid 2008
their number equaled to 25%, the VTsIOM research shows as it was
conveyed to Interfax.
According to sociologists, two thirds of
Russians stand for burying the body of world proletarian leader. 38%
of them believe it should be done as soon as possible while 28% are
sure it is better to wait when the generation who treasure the leader
The VTsIOM conducted the poll in 140 localities of 42
regions, districts and republics of Russia last November and found out
that relative majority of respondents (41%) believed it incorrect and
unnatural to keep Lenin's body on the Red Square. 15% oppose them
saying "the body of our national leader remains in mausoleum in the
country's central square by right," though three years ago 22% of
respondents shared this opinion.
Lenin's body shouldn't remain on Red Square, the Moscow Patriarchate
Interfax-Religion, January 21, 2009
Moscow, January 21, Interfax The Moscow Patriarchate believes that
Lenin's body should be taken out of the mausoleum on Red Square.
Communists want to venerate Lenin's body, as he is their idol, their
shrine, then they have the Lenin Museum in Ulyanovsk, they can place
his body there," head of the Moscow Patriarchate press service Priest
Vladimir Vigilyansky told Interfax-Religion on the 85th anniversary of
the leader's death.
He believes, "it will be compromise and fair
"I think Lenin shouldn't remain on Red Square as it
belongs to everyone and not only to the Communists," the priest stressed.
Young 'pagans' detained over series of Moscow blasts, attacks of
NTV Mir, January 21, 2009
Six young Russian nationalists who are said to worship Old Slav
deities are suspected of organizing a series of explosions and attacks
on foreigners in Moscow over recent months, Russian television has
One of their targets was an Orthodox church. Moscow police chief also
linked them to a recent beheading of a Tajik man. Several group
members, including a 17-year-old girl believed to be its leader, have
been arrested. A Ministry of Sport official was detained as part of
the investigation but released later; he is back at work and denies
involvement. The following is text of report by international stream
of Gazprom-owned Russian NTV on 21 January:
(Presenter) Moscow's Zamoskvoretskiy Court today issued an arrest
warrant on Yevgeniya Zhikhareva. She is suspected of involvement in
several terrorist acts in Moscow and preparation of more explosions.
Investigators maintain that the 17-year-old girl headed a community of
so-called Rodnovery (word derived from the Russian phrase meaning
"native faith"), pagans who worshipped the deities of the Old Slavs.
(Second presenter) Police believe that in recent months the Rodnovery
killed several foreigners, staged terrorist acts in a church and at a
railway, and tried to blow up a McDonald's restaurant. Two people were
already arrested in this case early in the week, while another
detainee, an official from the Ministry of Sport, was set free today,
having undertaken not to leave the city. Nikita Anisimov spoke to him.
(Correspondent) Their apprehension was shrouded in total secrecy:
even the arrest ruling was made without witnesses. While journalists
waited at Moscow's Kuzminskiy Court, an underage girl whom the
investigators regard as the leader of the group of saboteurs was being
taken to Zamoskvoretskiy Court.
It has now transpired that six very young people, including students,
carried out 11 explosions and attempted murders in recent months; they
even brought explosives into an Orthodox church.
(Vladimir Pronin, chief of Moscow's main police directorate;
addressing a briefing) They carried out an explosion in a church in
(Moscow's) Southern District, one at Prazhskaya (metro station,
southern Moscow), and then at McDonald's. This is where they committed
crimes. We are, I must say, currently working with them on the case in
which a Tajik was killed and his head was planted - do you remember
this waste collection vehicle in Mozhaysk District? We're working on
it, the investigation continues.
(Correspondent) It appears that these explosions in various parts of
the city were seen as a gauntlet by all the capital's special
services. The young saboteurs were finally caught through the joint
efforts of the Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry. It
was the failed explosion at McDonalds in Kuzminki that helped track
It turned out after the detentions that the saboteurs worshipped Old
Slav deities and saw themselves as members of a neo-pagan cult.
Alongside members of other ethnic groups, they also listed priests
among their enemies.
Today the underage female ringleader of this gang of heathens was
arrested on the charges of attempted murder motivated by ethnic and
(Anna Usacheva, head of the Moscow City Court press service)
According to the investigation, Yevgeniya Zhikhareva is charged with a
crime covered by Articles 30 and 105 of the Criminal Code of the RF
(preparation of a crime, and homicide).
(Correspondent) It is not yet clear how many people suffered at the
hands of this group of neo-pagans, but there may have been dozens of
One of the intriguing details of the last few days' detentions was a
report saying an official from the Ministry of Sport - no less than
the head of section for drawing up state policy in this area - who is
related to one of the main saboteurs, was behind bars alongside
skinheads and pagans. Today's Kommersant (daily) even says that
saltpetre and other components of explosive devices were found when
the flat where the official lives was searched. Petr Bashelutskov
himself, however, whom the court has released from custody upon
undertaking not to leave the city, denies any wrongdoing. He was at
the Ministry of Sport today and we got in touch just by calling the
work number given on its website.
(Petr Bashelutskov, speaking by telephone) I am at the office, doing
my job, and everything's fine. I have the (court) order at hand, and I
can read it to you: no evidence to confirm Petr Pavlovich
Bashelutskov's involvement in the above crime was found during the
search; he should be released from custody.
(Correspondent) One theory is that it was his cousin, David
Bashelutskov, who could have kept explosives at Petr's flat. The court
has already issued a warrant for his arrest for two months. In this
period, investigators promise to sort out the case, which may become
one of the high-profile successes of the Russian special services.
Aggressive xenophobia manifestations in RF during first half of
MBHR review, January 22, 2009
During first two weeks of 2009 15 attacks based upon aggressive
xenophobia were committed, and 10 deceased and 9 victims were their
result. Most of attacks were recorded in Moscow (9 deceased, 8
victims) as well as in St. Petersburg (1 victim) and Ulyanovsk (1
deceased). The following became mostly the objects of attacks: Uzbeks
(4 deceased, 1 victim) as well as Vietnameses (2 deceased), Armenians,
Chechens, Kirghizes, natives of African countries (by 1 deceased),
Tajiks (2 victims), Kalmyks, Daghestans (by 1 victim).
During first 10 days of the new year attacks at seven natives of
Caucasus and Central Asia were committed in Moscow. They all got knife
wounds and three of them died. Two citizens of Uzbekistan and a native
of Chechnya are among the deceased.
On January 8 43-year-old citizen of Vietnam was killed in Ulyanovsk.
On January 9 the citizen of Vietnam was killed in Moscow 20-year-old
student of the State university of management Tang Quak Bin.
On January 10 a native of Uzbekistan was killed in St. Petersburg.
On January 10 an attack at a citizen of Cameroon was committed in
Moscow, and on January 11 night he died in the hospital.
On January 11 a student from Kalmykia and two citizens of Tajikistan
were wounded in Moscow as a result of attacks.
On January 12 the body of 51-year-old native of Armenia was found in
On January 12 a native of Daghestan was beaten in St. Petersburg.
On January 12 an attack at two gastarbeiters from Uzbekistan was
committed in Moscow, and one of them died due to received wounds.
On January 14 the native of Kirghizia Akram K. was killed in Moscow.
An envelope was found beside the body and inscription on it ran: "S.P.
We won't forgive! Forourbrothers! (Signofswastika) Thisisthewar!
During first half of January MBHR recorded five cases of vandalism at
least with aggressive xenophobia motives available.
On January 1 night radical inscriptions and swastika were drawn upon
the walls of Moscow temple of St. Nicolas in Otradnoye and adjacent
On January 1 an Orthodox Christian church in Karabulak (Ingushetia)
was set on fire.
On January 10 unknown people drew a swastika and wrote "White terror"
upon the wall of 5-storied house in Tver.
On January 11 the fascist swastika was drawn and inscription "Kill the
colored immigrants" was written upon the wall of one of the houses in
During first two weeks of January seven people were convicted for
crimes based upon xenophobia. Two persons were sentenced to
correctional works, one to imprisonment in colony-settlement, one
to suspended imprisonment, one to 6 years of imprisonment and one
to 15 years of imprisonment. One of the accused else was discharged
On January 6 the verdict of "guilty" passed on 17 participants of
"Islamic djamaat" in Tatarstan came into legal force.
On January 11 Tobolsk city court passed a verdict on the pupil of
Tobolsk college of art and culture named after Alyabyev; in May-June
2008 the pupil drew xenophobe graffiti which included appeals to
violent actions towards the persons of non-Slavic nationality. The
court found the person under age guilty by clause 282 part 1 of the CC
of RF and sentenced him to 100 hours of gratuitous public works.
On January 11 the first hearing of the case against DPNI leader A.
Potkin accused of incitement of racial and ethnic dissension took place.
On January 11 examination of the case of skinheads started on
Novosibirsk regional court; according to investigation data they are
responsible for murder of a citizen of Turkey in January 2008 and
beating of a native of Kirghizia.
On January 12 St. Petersburg city court passed a sentence on
organizers of two explosions in the city in early 2007, basing upon
the decision of the jury. The group leader F. Kovalchuk, a member of
nationalist organization "Slavic community", was sentenced to 15 years
of strict regime colony. His partner in crime Ye. Skorov was
sentenced to 7 years of suspended imprisonment with probation period
of 5 years and one else of their accomplices who was under age for the
moment of crime was sentenced to 6 years of foundling colony. The
accused Alexander Petrishchev was discharged completely as the court
acknowledged his right for rehabilitation.
On January 12 the case of skinheads was brought before the court
they exploded the shop "Intim" at Leningradsky highway and committed
an explosion beside the entrance to "Eurocafe" in March 2008.
On January 12 investigation of criminal case against 22-year-old
inhabitant of Alexandrov city Roman Furayev was completed; he attacked
two citizens of Tajikistan with a knife in May 2008.
On January 14 investigation of criminal case against crime detection
operative Sergey Biryukov was completed in Nizhni Novgorod; he was
accused of beating of the detained citizen of Azerbaijan Emil Dadashov.
On January 14 Leninsky district court of Tomsk sentenced Georgy
Romanchenko to correctional works for the period of six months with
probation period of one year; he was found guilty for placing of
video-reels upon web-sites in July 2008 which promoted incitement of
hate and hostility towards the persons of certain ethnic and social
groups as the psycho-linguistic study concluded.
On January 14 jurist-nationalist Andrey Moszhegorov was sentenced to
four months of colony-settlement in Armavir for dissemination of a
brochure by Athos monk Afanasiy "Give us our Motherland back!".
Hearings on the case against Yu. Mukhin accused of public appeals to
extremist activity by clause 280 of the CC of RF continued in
Savyolovsky district court of Moscow. Yu. Mukhin is the
editor-in-chief of newspaper "Duel" since 1997. He became the head of
"Army of the people's will" (AVN) on the same time which was created
by him. He conducts propaganda directed against constitutional system
of Russian Federation and constitutional authority systematically. Ha
calls Russia a "fascist state" and names the President of Russia in
2002-2008 and now the head of the Government of RF V.V. Putin a
"fuehrer of fascists of Russia".
For several years every even issue of his newspaper publishes the "Law
on the court of the people of Russia over the president and members of
the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation" invented by him. Members
of "AVN" are obliged to disseminate and propagate this "law". This
"law" states that on the expiry of term of office of the RF President
and deputies of the Federal Assembly the body of electors approve/do
not approve the results of their activity via referendum. In case they
are not approved, the former president and deputies are announced
criminals and are liable to imprisonment for the period as long as
they were in power. If they evade the imprisonment then the citizens
of Russia as well as "foreign friends" of Russia are obliged to
execute (physically eliminate) the former president and deputies
"wherever they would be found". Mukhin threatens the authorities: if
the "law" is not adopted, "AVN would make the preventers follow the
laws of Russia by force". "We would not spare either our blood or all
the more the rotten blood of those who would hamper", Mukhin states
(he shot already two films with the help of some studio "Samodel"
finishing with an appeal to spectators in above-mentioned words).
In 2008 Mukhin arranged the cooperation with the leader of "United
civil front" G. Kasparov who started publishing his materials in
"Duel" newspaper and placed the articles in support of Mukhin on his
web-site. With support of Kasparov Mukhin became a member of so-called
"National assembly" called by him a "shadow parliament". All this is
used by Mukhin for further dissemination of his extremist views and
strengthening of "AVN" created by him.
Six written warnings were sent to newspaper "Duel" in 2006-2008 for
breach of RF legislation on mass media and law of RF "On counteraction
against extremist activity". On November 26, 2008 Zamoskvoretsky
district court of Moscow made a decision for the second time (first
time in November 2007) about stopping of publication of newspaper
"Duel". But these decisions haven't come into force yet, and the
newspaper is still published. In 2007 criminal proceedings were
instituted against Mukhin by clause 280, part 2 of the CC of RF (for
public appeals to extremist activity). An article "Death to Russia!"
published in "Duel" on July 4, 2006 (No 27) was the grounds for
institution of criminal proceedings. The procedure is still going on
in Savyolovsky district court of Moscow, and the sentence wasn't
Meanwhile Mukhin does not stop his extremist activity. He explains the
measures taken towards him by intrigues of "Israeli lobby" invented by
him according to his words it runs the show in USA and in Russia and
determines the policy of these states. Mukhin announced deputy head of
Administration of the PF President V. Surkov to be a head of "Israeli
lobby" (Yuri Mukhin, "Dangerous mystery", Moscow: "Algorithm", 2008,
p. 66-67). According to Mukhin, "the whole state structure is already
staffed with its ("Israeli lobby's") puppets" (Ibidem, p. 67). Mukhin
continues disseminating calumnious statements concerning highest
officials of RF and employees of FSB, court and office of public
prosecutor. Mukhin received one of recent written warnings for
publication of Hitler's speech in "Duel" which was delivered on June
22, 1941 for substantiation of attack of Germany at USSR. In this
speech Hitler, very much like Mukhin now, reasoned about "Jewish
intrigues" that allegedly led to the war. Hitler named the leaders of
the USSR "Jewish-Bolshevik rulers" then.
After several attacks at natives of Caucasus and Central Asia during
first days of January, the Directorate of home affairs (GUVD) of
Moscow decided to form special groups for a retrieval of nationalists.
The situation with street video surveillance systems will be checked
in all the districts. Later such a working group was created within
the Department of crime detection of the Ministry of home affairs of
Russia. Its tasks include tracking of situation in this direction,
rendering of organizational and practical assistance to the local
bodies of home affairs (first of all GUVDs of Moscow, Moscow region,
St. Petersburg and Leningrad region).
Operation "illegal migrant" was conducted in Moscow on January 12-14,
2009. 230 foreigners were expelled from the capital for breaches of
migratory legislation within this operation.
As RBC ("Rosbusinessconsulting" news) was informed in press-service of
Moscow department of Federal migratory service of RF (UFMS), totally
1,2 breaches of migratory legislation were revealed during the operation.
Employees of migratory service checked more than 180 objects of
industry, construction, trade, service industry and examined more than
3 thousand of foreign citizens living and working in Moscow.
Basing upon the results of these activities 1 thousand of foreigners
were called to administrative account for breaking the regime of
staying in Russia and execution of labor activity without proper
UFMS informed that total sum of penalties inflicted upon foreigners
and employers breaking the migratory legislation made up 31 mln. rubles.
According to the estimate of Moscow authorities, just one-sixth of
labor migrants in Moscow have a job license. During 10 months of 2008
1,5 mln. incomers were recorded, and just about 400 thousand people
got the job licenses and only 250 thousand people presented the
notifications from employers to UFMS.
Number of incomers in Moscow during recent year is comparable with
2007. During the whole 2007 1,7 mln. migrants were recorded in the
city. But the decision was already made to cut the quota for foreign
workers in the city in 2009 two times. In 2008 it was 105 thousand
people from the countries with visa regime of entrance to RF and 195
thousand for those with visa-free regime.
Radical books and publications
Boris Mironov. Russians: the last borderline. Moscow: Algorithm, 2009
Boris Mironov can be stopped neither by prohibition of his scandalous
party nor by criminal proceedings instituted against him when he was
not imprisoned just due to expiration of time limitation on his crime.
Mironov continues to publish books full of hate. This time he proposes
a collection of his "articles" of various periods to the readers.
There is no point in analyzing such books. Its text speaks for itself
and needs no comments so we will just provide some citations:
Awareness is coming at last to all the nations of Russia that all the
native nations of Russia have a common enemy and this enemy is the
yid (p. 53)
Not just Duma but the whole authority Federation Council, government
and Administration of president had turned into Jewish buffoonery and
Jewish store (p. 175)
Yids devour Russia fussily, lustfully, choking (p. 175)
There is no place for yids in the State Duma!
There is no place for yids in legislative assemblies of regions,
Not a single yid that would head a republic, region, city, district!
We better loose the hand than vote for a yid! (p. 181)
complicity in genocide unleashed by the Kremlin authority against
Russians (p. 267)
The current authority is worse than fascist one, it does not need us
even as slaves, it exterminates the nation (p. 357)
But we still have some gunpowder in our powder flasks, it will be
enough for both rising to our feet, and taking our sword, and making
dust and ash of the enemy that drinks our blood (p. 365)
if we want to stand for national freedom, we are obliged to overthrow
this authority. Sure I talk not about election, it's just the people's
uprising led by the army that is capable to save Russia from
suffocating loop (p. 405)
Provided citations have such a distinct and definite sense that the
book completely and directly falls under several clauses of the
Criminal code of RF and Law on counteraction against extremism at once.
It's possible of course that Mironov is a fanatic of anti-Semitism and
combat against current authority and is ready to endure suffering to
the end and become a martyr of struggle. But most likely he is just
not afraid to be severely punished for his book as short time after
closing of his court case such a collection is published. And alas
such a reckoning causes no surprise. The law-enforcement bodies give
almost no response to chauvinist literature (though it would seem the
rudest insults to the highest officials of the state should attract
their attention just due to pure respect for rank). Very likely this
misanthropic collection would be not noticed by them either like
activity of publishing house "Algorithm" specializing upon publication
of frankly pro-fascist literature for many years.
The Church shouldn't interfere in politics, but to tell people God's
truth Metropolitan Kirill
Interfax-Religion, January 22, 2009
Moscow, January 22, Interfax Locum Tenens of the Moscow Patriarchal
See Metropolitan Kirill reminds that the Church should always stay out
He recalled that various politics urged the Church "to
take concrete political position" in the 1990s: to support authorities
or, on the contrary, to oppose it. However, according to Metropolitan
Kirill, the Church "cannot take any political position."
tell people not what they would like to hear from us, not what they
expect us to say, or something to reserve a little pat on our back,
but to tell them God's truth, as Holy Metropolitan Philipp of Moscow
told Tsar Ivan the Terrible and was tortured by him," the Patriarchal
Locum Tenens said.
He spoke about St. Philipp's life as the Russian
Church commemorates the saint this Thursday, about his courage in
standing for the truth in conflict with Ivan the Terrible and urged to
learn from St. Philipp how to oppose slander.
"We should always pray
for the slanders who offend us. Then the Lord will step into our life
and punish those who slander against us and bring His justice into
this world," Metropolitan Kirill said.
To sum up his sermon, he
urged all believers "to say a special prayer for the coming (Local
IF) Council and ask the Lord to point out to the one, who will be able
to head the patriarchal see and has enough inner power and ability to
serve the Russian Church and our country like St. Philipp did."
NATIONAL BOLSHEVIK BEATEN TO DEATH IN MOSCOW
Bigotry Monitor-UCSJ's weekly newsletter, Volume 9, Number 4, January
An activist with the banned National Bolshevik Party, Anton Stradymov,
20, was beaten to death in Moscow, his face smashed almost beyond
recognition, in an attack his friends believe may have been connected
to his opposition politics, "The Moscow Times" reported on January 21.
The savagely bludgeoned body was discovered at about 4 a.m. on January
14, National Bolshevik spokesman Alexander Averin said on January 20.
He explained that fellow activists only found out about the murder on
January 19 when they were called in to identify the body. His cell
phone and other personal belongings were not stolen, indicating that
robbery was not the motive, Averin added.
"With their ambitious and theatrical political stunts, the National
Bolsheviks have angered Kremlin loyalists and have been officially
banned as an `extremist' organization," "The Times" commented. At the
time of his death, Stradymov was under investigation for the National
Bolsheviks' peaceful occupation of the Foreign Ministry's reception
area in July, Roman Popkov, head of the group's Moscow branch, said.
He was free on condition that he not leave the city, Popkov said.
The assault on Stradymov echoed a similar attack on Yury Chervochkin,
head of the National Bolshevik branch in the Moscow Region town of
Serpukhov, "The Times" added. Chervochkin was beaten to death by
unidentified assailants in November 2007, two days before an
opposition rally in Moscow. His friends and colleagues have accused
local police of being behind the attack. No one has been detained in
the killing, and the investigation has been suspended indefinitely,
investigators told "The Times."
POLICE SEEK TO BAN RELIGIOUS LITERATURE AS `EXTREMIST'
Bigotry Monitor-UCSJ's weekly newsletter, Volume 9, Number 4, January
Although so far no Jehovah's Witness publication has been deemed
"extremist" under Russia's 2002 Extremism Law, in the past two weeks
police in the Urals Region town of Sverdlovsk have detained 14
Witnesses for distributing their tracts, Forum 18 News Service has
reported. Two of their local communities have already been warned,
while a local investigation continues into whether Jehovah's Witness
literature is "extremist." Moreover, the region's FSB security police
has tried unsuccessfully to have a local Jehovah's Witness lawyer
disbarred, which would have prevented him from defending the community.
Courts in two other Russian regions are also considering cases against
Jehovah's Witness literature. Works deemed extremist by even a local
court may not be distributed anywhere in Russia. A Moscow chain of
bookstores was fined in December for distributing a non-violent Muslim
title, the second fine in Russia for selling the work. Prosecutors
have also investigated a Russian Orthodox web site that had posted
robust criticism of Islam. However, a draft law prepared by the
General Prosecutor's Office to make anti-extremism measures "more
effective" was withdrawn in December.
Hate Crimes in Moscow Increased 300% Last Year
UCSJ January 24th, 2009
During a January 21, 2009 press conference, Moscow's police
Vladimir Pronin revealed that hate crimes increased by 300% in
compared to the previous year, according to a report that same
the Sova Information-Analytical Center. Mr. Pronin stated that
2008, Moscow police recorded 47 murders and 46 serious
motivated by ethnic or religious hatred, and 16 additional
in the first weeks of 2009 alone. In the recent past, Mr.
denied that neo-Nazi gangs even exist in Moscow, but at
press conference he revealed that last year, his police
members of five neo-Nazi gangs responsible for 36
28 murders. Although the statistics are frightening
and show that the
situation for minorities in Moscow was deteriorating
even before the
world economic crisis hit Russia, Mr. Pronin's new
found frankness is
a hopeful sign that police officials in the capital
are taking the
problem of extremist groups more seriously.
There is no more brotherhood between Russian, Ukrainian people
Interfax, January 26, 2009
KYIV. Jan 26 (Interfax) - Ukrainian Foreign Minister
Volodymyr Ohryzko thinks that the period of "brotherhood and the
unity of Slavic people" has been gone for a long time in
"Time has come to get rid of stereotypes and stamps of
brotherhood, historic unity and other things. We are the two
sovereign states and we should build our relations on the basis
of the international law,"
Ohryzko told a news conference in Kyiv on Monday.
"When one speaks about the Slavic unity, an interesting
question arises: how many Slavic countries are NATO members and
how many are not," the minister said.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry can take "no red lines and no
distribution of continents at the guidance of certain leaders" in
the international security issue, the minister said.
"Each state has the right to choose its national security,"
Ukrainian-Russian relations should switch to the pragmatic
field, he said. "We need to minimize the ideological elements of our
relations, because pragmatism is the key to normalizing our relations.
a lot of stereotypes from the Soviet era have remained in them,"
the minister said.
Ukraine in gas conflict with Russia was able to "act decently
and adequately," Ohryzko said. "We want relations in this area to
be as transparent as possible," he added.
Things should be put in order in bilateral humanitarian
relations as well, he said. "We proceed from the fact that Russia will
finally get rid of the stereotypes about our history, our right
to have our own opinion on the history, our right to look at and
assess it. We would like that tranquility, pragmatism and adequate
assessments dominate in this area," Ohryzko said.
Russian parents complain about singing anthem in school
RIA Novosti, January 27, 2009
MOSCOW, January 27 (RIA Novosti) - Parents of schoolchildren from the
town of Lobnya some 27 km (16 miles) north of Moscow have complained
about children being made to sing the national anthem in school,
Russian media reported on Tuesday.
According to a parent, whose name has not been disclosed, each Monday
children at Lobnya's school number 5 have to arrive some 15 minutes
earlier and sing the national anthem together with teachers. Those who
arrive late have to wait outside and face a reprimand.
"The school's administration went too far with its patriotic values,"
the Ekho Moskvy radio station quoted a parent as saying, adding that
if the children hear the anthem anywhere else they suddenly "jump up
and start singing like zombies."
The school's headmaster, Vladimir Zinovyev, said the complaint was
filed by a mother of a first-year pupil.
"This is only the opinion of a woman, who preferred to stay
anonymous," he said refusing to give any further comments.
The education ministry of the Moscow Region admitted sending
recommendations to local schools to teach patriotic values and state
symbols in 2003, but said they should not be included in the
Russian education legislation allows schools to develop their
compulsory education programs on their own.
"If it was authorized by a legitimate body and was agreed with the
school's administration, the matter would be settled. No one has the
right to interfere in it. This does not contradict the Russian
Constitution and any existing laws," the head of Russia's education
policy institute, Alexander Adamsky said, adding that singing the
national anthem in schools was "absolutely normal."
Russian Police Brochure Links Judaism to Devil Worship, Spreads Blood
UCSJ, January 27th, 2009
A brochure published by the All-Russian MVD's (Ministry of
Affairs) Institute for Raising Qualifications links Judaism
Satanism, according to a January 21, 2009 report by the AEN
service, which reports on Jewish life in Russia. The
authored by Evgeny Gerasimenko and entitled "Extremism:
Socio-Economic, Political and Historical Roots, and
reportedly distributed to participants at a meeting of
officials charged with combatting extremism and terrorism.
The brochure reportedly contains the following passage:
"Satanism, much like Chasidism, arose from Judaism, specifically
secretive cruel and kabbalistic sects. Until the 18th Century,
developed as a secret Jewish sect, but then broke off from Judaism
became one of Masonry's most influential currents. The core
of Satanic sects, like the preceding secretive cruel and
Jewish sects, were blood rituals."
According to a January 25 posting on the Russian-Israeli web site
Oleg Elnikov, chief press spokesman for the MVD,
responded to questions about
the brochure by claiming that the author
made "stylistic mistakes" and
did not intend to offend Jews.
In medieval and early modern times, the accusation that Jews
Christian children to use their blood for Passover matzo was
belief, and often sparked mass antisemitic violence. In 2003,
members of the Russian parliament signed an open letter that
the Blood Libel and called Judaism a Satanic religion.
Moscow Police Detain Extremists in Mosque Bomb Plot
UCSJ, January 27th, 2009
Police detained two far-right activists in Moscow in connection
an alleged plot to bomb a mosque, according to a January 26,
article in the national daily "Komsomolskaya Pravda."
Bashelutskov and Stannislav Lukhmyrin allegedly planned to
large bomb at the mosque on Poklonnaya Gora--a cultural
that is home to an Orthodox church, a synagogue, and
aforementioned mosque, grouped together as symbols of
multi-religious tapestry. They are suspected as well of
at other targets in Moscow, including a McDonald's, a
church, and two attempts to derail trains. None of
resulted in any fatalities, though police are also looking
suspects' possible involvement in racist murders in the city.
now, however, they only face charges of "hooliganism."
In addition, police detained a female college student,
Zhikharevaya, for aiding the suspects in their plot. She
charges in connection with the highly publicized murder
of an ethnic Yakut
chess master, but had previously been remanded to
the custody of her
Kirill Named Orthodox Patriarch
Moscow Times, January 28, 2009
The Russian Orthodox Church elected Metropolitan Kirill, a
long-standing church diplomat and skillful orator, as its new
patriarch on Tuesday night.
Kirill, the interim leader since Patriach Alexy II's death on Dec. 5,
won 508 votes cast by the 702-member Local Council, Metropolitan
Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga announced in the main hall of
Christ the Savior Cathedral at 10 p.m. The secret ballot was held in
the cathedral, where the new patriarch will be crowned next Sunday.
Kirill, 62, is an experienced diplomat who has been the church's
point man in often-difficult negotiations with other churches,
prompting speculation that he might take steps to improve ties with
the Roman Catholic Church, which have been fraught with rivalry for years.
Kirill seemed to dampen such hopes in an address just before
Tuesday's vote, complaining about Catholic and other missionaries
working in Russia.
"We have noted with bitterness that members of the Catholic clergy
and monastic orders are among the newly formed enlighteners of Rus,"
he said, Interfax reported.
Kirill also criticized "the assault of aggressive Western secularism
against Christianity" and "attempts by some Protestant groups to
revise the teachings of Christianity and evangelical morality."
Kirill, metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, is the first
patriarch to be elected in post-Soviet Russia and is expected to wield
not just spiritual but also considerable political clout.
Kirill's election with a 72 percent margin came as no surprise after
he emerged as the front-runner in a preliminary vote last Sunday among
senior bishops, who nominated him with 97 out of 197 votes. The
council of bishops had also nominated Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga
and Borovsk, with 32 votes, and Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and
Slutsk, with 16 votes.
But Tuesday's election was reduced to a two-horse race after Filaret,
who heads the Orthodox Church in Belarus, withdrew his candidacy.
Filaret later said he wanted to strengthen unity within the church:
"We must be unanimous, that is why I decided to withdraw. This is not
a sign of protest," he said in televised comments.
The Local Council decided not to exert its right to bring forward new
candidates. Kliment, 59, manages the church's economic affairs and has
been described as the candidate favored by the Kremlin.
Although the church has been historically close to the government,
Kirill had been widely expected to be the most likely successor to
Alexy II. A good orator, he has headed the church's department of
external affairs since 1989 and hosts a weekly show called "The
Pastor's Word" on Channel One.
Religious experts said Kirill's commitment to reconciliation with the
Catholic Church should not be overestimated and that hopes of a
meeting with Pope Benedict XVI were premature.
"You cannot start your reign with a meeting with the pope -- you can
end it with that," said Andrei Zolotov Jr., founding editor of Russia
Profile magazine and a long-standing expert on church affairs.
Zolotov said Kirill was probably the better candidate because he had
qualities that Kliment lacked. "Kirill is a strategic thinker and he
has a vision, while Kliment is more of a complacent character," he
said. "Of course, Patriarch Kirill will be different from Metropolitan
Kirill, and his views on ecumenical and modernization issues have to
be more cautious."
The church's political significance was highlighted by President
Dmitry Medvedev, who said in a statement read to the council and
posted on the Kremlin's web site that he was confident its decision
would "further develop the fruitful cooperation of the Russian
Orthodox Church and the state."
Kirill has said the church's relations with the state should be based
on "mutual noninterference in each other's affairs."
Under Alexy II, who became patriarch in 1990, the church has been
transformed from an oppressed and closely controlled group in an
atheist state into a thriving organization enjoying government support
for reviving national tradition. About three-fourths of Russians
identify themselves as Orthodox believers, but few attend services
"The church in Russia plays a bigger role than in other developed
countries because it is important for bringing back traditions that
were lost [during the Soviet period]," said Thomas Bremer, a professor
at the University of M nster, Germany, and an expert on interchurch
relations. "It is big integrating force in society."
Boris Dubin, an analyst with the Levada Center, said that the
government could not afford to ignore the church because it was one of
three institutions that people trusted. "People place their trust in
the president, the army and the church," he said.
He added that all three were hierarchical organizations and that the
church was seen as a partner of the state and a moral institution. "It
is practically seen as a state institution," he said.
Nearly half of Russians consider many Orthodox moral principles
Interfax, January 28, 2009
MOSCOW. Jan 28 (Interfax) - About half of Russians favor
adjustment of traditional moral values and standards advocated by
the Russian Orthodox Church, but the number of such people has
somewhat decreased over the past three years, according to an opinion
In the view of 35% of respondents in a recent poll conducted by
the VTsIOM public survey center, some of moral standards on
which the Orthodox Church insists are acceptable to a modern
individual and some not, an opinion that was shared by 43% three
years ago. Another 14% believe that a modern individual cannot
and should not live in accordance with outdated moral
standards advocated by the Orthodox Church (16% three years ago).
Only 30% are convinced that people should stick to Orthodox
moral standards and principles, down from 34% three years ago.
The number of those undecided has grown dramatically to 21% from
8% over this period of time.
VTsIOM's poll also showed that 44% of Russians believe the
Orthodox Church should preserve its centuries-old canons and
traditions rather than change them to meet the demands of a
changing society, while 32% put forward the opposite view.
The poll of 1,600 respondents was conducted in 140 communities
in 42 regions on January 10-11, 2009.
Moscow police, army brace themselves for 'weekend of rallies'
RIA Novosti, January 30, 2009
MOSCOW, January 30 (RIA Novosti) - Police and the military in Moscow
are bracing themselves for more than 10 rallies expected to be held in
the Russian capital this weekend by different parties and
organizations, a police spokesman said.
Over 7,500 police and military personnel will be on duty and a
special headquarters will be set up to monitor the sanctioned events
in central Moscow, Viktor Biryukov said. All attempts to hold
unauthorized rallies will be avoided, he added.
The biggest rally on Saturday will be organized by the ruling United
Russia party on Moscow's Manezh Square in support of the anti-crisis
measures undertaken by the Russian government. Some 5,000 people are
expected to attend the rally.
The Communist Party will also hold a demonstration in support of
Lenin's Mausoleum situated on Red Square in Moscow. They are insisting
that the Soviet leader remain in the mausoleum despite demands that
the body be buried at a cemetery.
The ultra-nationalist LDPR party will gather on Pushkin Square to
protest against price rises amid the current global crisis. Up to 300
people are expected to participate in a number of other demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the Other Russia opposition coalition has also announced
plans to hold a "Day of Dissent" in Moscow on January 31 with
demonstrations to be held simultaneously across Moscow at 2:00 p.m.
The Other Russia coalition, an umbrella group of opposition parties
that includes chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov's United Civil Front,
has accused the government of failing to tackle the consequences of
the current financial crisis.
The most recent opposition marches were held in Moscow and St.
Petersburg on December 14. In downtown Moscow more than 90 people were
arrested for trying to hold an unauthorized opposition rally, while in
St. Petersburg some 60 people were detained.
NEW RUSSIAN PATRIARCH FAVORS RETURN TO `REAL VALUES'
Bigotry Monitor-UCSJ's weekly newsletter, Volume 9, Number 5
On January 26, Kirill, whose title was Metropolitan of Smolensk and
Kaliningrad, was elected Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Reuters reported speculation before the vote to the effect that
nationalists, anti-Westerners, and anti-Catholic forces among the
clergy and monks might block Kirill's election. But the vote showed
strong support for him: 508 votes from a total of 677 valid ballots
cast. According to Reuters, Kirill took the possibility of such a
rally seriously enough to strike a conservative tone in recent days.
In a speech before the vote, he spoke of "the assault of aggressive
Western secularism against Christianity" and "attempts by some
Protestant groups to revise the teachings of Christianity and
evangelical morality." He was also critical of Protestant and Roman
Writing in "The Moscow Times" on January 29, Leonid Sevastyanov and
Robert Moynihan ascribed to Kirill "deep convictions about the role of
the Christian faith in the future of Russia and about Russia's role in
the future of Europe and the world." He was quoted as "convinced that
only a return to `real values' can enable Russia and Europe to
confront the current economic crisis. Moreover, he believes that
Russia's greatness, eclipsed in recent years, can only be restored by
renewing its ancient Orthodox faith."
Other observers argue that Kirill is one of the few senior Orthodox
clerics who met with Pope Benedict XVI, favors closer ties with the
Vatican, and may chart an independent course for the Russian church.
In his blog "Window on Eurasia," veteran Sovietologist Paul Goble
argued that Kirill's "combination of authoritarianism at home and
ecumenism abroad" may secure "the support not only of conservatives
within the church but more importantly of the Russian government and
at the same time he will escape criticism in the West because of his
apparent openness to expanded ties with the Vatican."
Neo-Nazi Gang on Trial in Novocheboksary
UCSJ, January 30th, 2009
A group of neo-Nazis is on trial in Novocheboksary, Russia
of Chuvashia) for a wide variety of offenses dating back to
according to a January 28, 2009 report by the
Information-Analytical Center. The defendants face charges
committing hate crimes, assault with a deadly weapon, minor
and vandalism, including painting a swastika on and damaging
construction site of a local mosque. Details of the group's
crimes or the defendants' names are not available.
Police Detain Four Youths in Connection With Stabbing
UCSJ, January 30th, 2009
Police in the Leningrad region detained four youths in connection
the stabbing of a citizen of Uzbekistan, according to a January
2009 report by the Regnum news agency. The youths, all in their
and second years of high school, face charges of "hooliganism"
they beat and stabbed their victim in the back.
Chronicle of the Guilty Verdicts for Propaganda of Xenophobia in
SOVA News, 01.02.2009
We publish a list of the guilty verdicts for the non-violent hate
crimes issued in 2008, in Russia. In total, we know about 42 verdicts
(we don't include the verdicts which we consider to be unlawful).
Besides, there were 2 verdicts for vandalism committed with a hate
motive. Admitting the hate motive as an aggravating circumstance of
vandalism is very rare, that's why we count such cases separately.
Verdicts for hate propaganda
January, 2008, Sortavala (republic of Karelia). Verdict for neo-nazi
graffiti under art. 214 (vandalism) and part 1 art. 282 (incitement to
hatred). One person was sentenced to 9 months of suspended imprisonment.
January 21, 2008, St. Petersburg. Verdict for a xenophobic pamphlet
under part 1 art. 280 (public calls to extremist activities) and part
1 art. 282 (incitement to hatred). One person sentenced to year of
January 28, 2008, Syzran (Samara region). Verdict for radical Islamist
propaganda under part 1 art. 282 (incitement to religious hatred). One
person sentenced to 1 year of suspended imprisonment.
Jamuary 28, 2008, Tyumen. Verdict for making and distributing of
neo-nazi leaflets under part 1 art. 282 (incitement to hatred). One
person sentenced to 1 year of suspended imprisonment.
February 1, 2008, Maikop. Verdict for posting a video with a double
murder on the Internet under part 1 art. 282 (incitement to hatred).
One person sentenced to 1 year of criminal colony.
February 4, 2008, Sovetsk (Kaliningrad region). Verdict for making and
distributing of xenophobic leaflets under part 1 art. 282 (incitement
to hatred). One person sentenced to 180 hours of compulsory labor. The
leaflets were doomed for being extremist.
February 12, 2008, Novosibirsk. Verdict against Boris Mironov for
anti-Semitic propaganda under paragraph "b" part 2 art. 282
(incitement to ethnic hatred with abuse of official position). Mironov
was convicted, but released for the expiry of the statute of limitations.
February 18, 2008, Moscow. Verdict against Maxim Martsinkevich (alias
Tesak) under paragraph "c" part 2 art. 282 (public incitement to
hatred committed in an organized group). Martsinkevich was sentenced
to 3 years of imprisonment.
March, 2008, Kursk. Verdict for xenophobic propaganda under part 1
art. 282 (incitement to hatred). One person sentenced to 1 year of
March 18, 2008, Ulan-Ude. Verdict for neo-nazi leaflets and videos
under part 1 art. 282 (incitement to hatred). One person sentenced to
1 year of suspended imprisonment.
April 25, 2008, Samara. Verdict for publishing and distribution of a
neo-Pagan xenophobic anthology under part 1 art. 282 (incitement to
hatred). One person sentenced to a 30 thousand Rubles fine. All the 3
issues of the anthology doomed for being extremist.
April 28, 2008, Tolyatti (Samara region).Verdict for distribution of
anti-Chechen leaflets under part 1 art. 282 (incitement to hatred).
One person sentenced to a 100 thousand Rubles fine.
May, 2008, Dagestan. Verdict for an anti-Semitic article in a
news-paper "Mnenie naroda" part 1 art. 282 (incitement to hatred). The
author of the article was convicted, but released for the expiry of
the statute of limitation, and the editor was sentenced to 1,5 years
of suspended imprisonment.
May,13, 2008, St. Petersburg. Verdict for distribution of an
anti-Semotic video-film under part 1 art. 282 (incitement to hatred).
One person sentenced to a 100 thousand Rubles fine.
May 13, 2008, Salsk, (Rostov region). Verdict for sending xenophobic
sms messages under part 1 art. 282 (incitement to hatred). An activist
of National-Democratic Party of Russia was sentenced to 6 months of
May 14, 2008, Vladivostok. a
distribution of anti-Semtic leaflets under part 1 art. 282 (incitement
to hatred). One person sentenced to 1 year of suspended imprisonment.
May 26, 2008, Kazan. Verdict against 6 members of Tatar regional
department of "Russian National Unity" (RNE) under art. 282.2
(organization of and participation in the activities of a public
association which was doomed extremist), art. 282.1 (creation of and
participation in an extremist association), 282 (incitement of ethnic
hatred), 280 (public calls to extremist activities), 163 (extortion),
223 (illegal manufacture of weapon), 222 (illegal purchasing of
weapon), 213 (hooliganism), 150 (involvement of a minor in a crime). 5
people were sentenced to prison terms from 1,5 to 7 years, including
one person with an injunction of working as a journalist. One person
sentenced to 4 years of suspended imprisonment.
May 27, 2008, Voronezh. Verdict against one of the leaders of National
Socialist Society of Dmitry Rumyantsev under part 1 art. 282
(incitement to hatred). One person sentenced to 1 year of suspended
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