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Bulletin 4:1 - Special Issue: SOVA Verdicts Chronicle '09

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    THE RUSSIAN NATIONALISM BULLETIN A Biweekly Newsletter of Current Affairs Vol. 4, No. 1(82), 5 Januar 2010 - Special Issue: SOVA Chronicle of Verdicts in 2009
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      THE RUSSIAN NATIONALISM BULLETIN
      A Biweekly Newsletter of Current Affairs
      Vol. 4, No. 1(82), 5 Januar 2010 - Special Issue: SOVA Chronicle of Verdicts in 2009

      CONTENTS
      1. Chronicle of Guilty Verdicts for Hate Motivated Violence. 2009.
      2. Chronicle of the Guilty Verdicts for Propaganda of Xenophobia in Russia. 2009.
      3. Chronicle of the Guilty Verdicts for Hate Motivated Vandalism. 2009

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      1. Chronicle of Guilty Verdicts for Hate Motivated Violence. 2009.
      http://xeno.sova-center.ru/6BA2468/6BB4208/E29821F

      We publish the list of the guilty verdicts for violence issued in Russia in 2009 in which the hate motive was officially recognized. The list was made on the basis of the SOVA Center daily monitoring. In all, in 2009, we registered 44 guilty verdicts in 25 regions of Russia. (Some links are in Russian).

      The list of the guilty verdicts in 2008 you can see in the section «Reports and Analyses» at http://xeno.sova-center.ru/6BA2468/6BB4208/C407DE5 .


      The first part of 2009, Khabarovsk region. A verdict issued for a racist attack on a non-slavic looking person in 2008. One person convicted.

      January, 2009, Meshovsk, Kaluga Region. A verdict issued for an attack on India citizen. Two persons convicted.

      January, 12, 2009, St. Petersburg. A verdict issued for several explosions organized by neo-Nazi (act was qualified as terrorism). 3 persons convicted, one acquitted.

      January, 26, 2009, Khabarovsk. A verdict issued for a racist murder of Azerbaijan citizen. Two persons convicted.

      February, 25, 2009, Vladimir region. A verdict issued for an attack on Tadjik citizens in May, 2008. One person convicted.

      February, 27, 2009, Kaluga. A verdict issued for a murder of Uzbek citizen in August, 2008. 5 persons convicted.

      March, 2009, Kirov. A verdict issued for a series of attacks (with murders) on homeless persons in May, 2008. 2 persons convicted.

      March, 2009, Tolyatti, Samara region. A verdict issued for an attack on antifascists in September, 2008. 6 persons convicted.

      March, 2009, Novocheboksarsk, Chuvash Republik. A verdict issued for a local neo-Nazi group ( attacks, graffito and etc.). 7 persons convicted.

      March, 2009, Moscow. A verdict issued for an attack on a non-slavic looking person in 2008. Two persons convicted.

      April, 2009, Moscow. A verdict issued for a series of attacks on non-slavic looking persons in 2008. 2 persons convicted.

      May, 2009, Republic of Adygeya. A verdict issued for an attack of a militia man on a group of an Armenia man in 2008. One persons convicted.

      May, 2009, Arzamas, Nizhny Novgorod region. A verdict issued for an attack on Armenia man in 2008. 2 persons convicted.

      May, 2009, Kursk. A verdict issued for a series of racist attacks in 2007 and 2008. Two persons convicted.

      May, 26, 2009, Izhevsk. A verdict issued for an attack on antifa-girl in January, 2009. One person convicted.

      May, 2009. Moscow. A verdict issued for an attack on a Tadjikistan man in 2008. 5 persons convicted (Tabachkov's group).

      May, 2009, Belgorod. A verdict issued for an attack on Senegal citizen in December, 2008. 2 persons convicted.

      June, 3, Krasnoyarsk. A verdict issued for a racist fight in 2007. One person convicted.

      June, 2009, Novosibirsk A verdict issued for the leader of the group of nazi-skinheads in Novosibirsk. One person convicted to coersive treatment.

      June, 11, 2009, Kostroma. A verdict issued for an attack on a punk in January, 2009. One person convicted.

      June, 18, 2009, Moscow. A verdict issued for an attack on Dagestan men (with murder) in June 2007. 6 persons convicted («Pochukaev's group»).

      June, 22, 2009, Barnaul, Altai Territory. A verdict issued for a series of attacks and murders in 2007. 7 persons convicted («Volki Odina», «Odin's wolves»).

      June, 26, 2009, Novosibirsk. A verdict issued for a murder of Turkey citizen in january, 2008. One person convicted, 3 persons acquitted.

      July, 2009, Chudovo, Novgorod region. A verdict issued for an attack on ethnical Korean in March, 2009. One person convicted.

      July, 2009, Voronezh. A verdict for an attack on Azerbaidjan man in 2007. One person convicted.

      June, 30, 2009, Nizhny Novgorod. A verdict issued for a series of attacks on people from Uzbekistan in 2007. 4 persons convicted.

      July, 15, 2009, Tver. A verdict issued for a murder of people from Central Asia in 2005. One person convicted.

      August, 2009, Yekaterinburg. A verdict issued for an attack on a man from Tadjikistan in March, 2009. One person convicted.

      August, 7, 2009, Voronezh. A verdict issued for an attack on a man from Armenia in 2008. 4 persons convicted, 3 of whom acquitted for reconciliation of the parties in court.

      August, 17, 2009, Volgograd. A verdict issued for an attack on gypsy kiosques in 2006 (with a murder) . 9 persons convicted.

      August, 31, 2009, St. Petersburg. A verdict issued for a murder of a man, whom neo-Nazi picked for an antifascists in April, 2008. One person convicted.

      September, 17, 2009, Nizhny Novgorod. A verdict issued for an attack on antifascists in April, 2009. 2 persons convicted.

      September, 22, 2009, Moscow. A verdict issued for a series of neo-Nazi attacks and murders. 10 persons convicted (the Zhikhareva-Shutko group).

      September, 22, 2009, Nizhny Novgorod. A verdict issued for a murder of a man from Tadjikistan in September, 2008. 5 persons convicted.

      October, 2009, Orenburg. A verdict issued for a murder of a man from Uzbekistan in 2007. 5 persons convicted.

      October, 2, 2009, Lukhovicy, Moscow region. A verdict issued for an attack on Uzbekistan citizens in July, 2009. The case dismissed in court for reconciliation of the parties.

      October, 8, 2009, Moscow. A verdict issued for an attack on slavic-looking people in May, 2008. 6 persons convicted (the «Black Hawks» group).

      October, 13, 2009, Moscow. A verdict issued for a series of racist murders and attacks. 4 persons convicted (a part of the Ryno-Skachevsky group).

      November, 2009, Domodedovo, Moscow region. A verdict issued for a murder of a man from Uzbekistan in April, 2009. One person convicted.

      November, 2009, Dolgoproudny, Moscow region. A verdict issued for an attack and threats of homicide to slavic-looking people in February, 2009. 2 persons convicted.

      November, 24, 2009, Voronezh. A verdict issued for a murder of a teenager in March, 2008. 5 persons convicted.

      December, 7, 2009, St. Petersburg. A verdict issued for an attack on people from Dagestan in January, 2009. 2 persons convicted.

      December, 15, 2009, Chelyabinsk. A verdict issued for a series of crimes comitted based on national hate motive. 4 persons convicted, all of them got suspended sentence.

      December, 16, 2009, Novosibirsk. A verdict issued for a murder of Tadjikistan citizen in October, 2008. 5 persons convicted.
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      2. Chronicle of the Guilty Verdicts for Propaganda of Xenophobia in Russia. 2009.
      http://xeno.sova-center.ru/6BA2468/6BB4208/E2984B4

      In 2009 no less than 38 guilty verdicts were issued for racist propaganda in 27 regions of Russia. Here is the general list of these verdicts: http://xeno.sova-center.ru/6BA2468/6BB4208/E2984B4#r1 . Some links are in Russian.

      We present the list of guilty verdicts under the art. 282, which we consider to be unlawful, separately. See http://xeno.sova-center.ru/6BA2468/6BB4208/E2984B4#r2 . In 2009 there were 3 such verdicts.

      The list of guilty verdicts for 2008 you can find in the section «Reports and Analyses». See http://xeno.sova-center.ru/6BA2468/6BB4208/C6DC51B


      January, 2009, Tomsk. Guilty verdict issued for posting a neo-nazi video clips on the Web. One person sentenced to 6 months of corrective labour.

      January, 10, 2009, Tobolsk, Tumen region. Guilty verdict issued for xenophobic graffiti. One person sentenced to 100 hours of socially useful labour.

      January, 16, 2009, Moscow. Guilty verdict issued for the imitation of execution on behalf of Ku-Klux-Klan. Two persons sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment and 3 years of suspended imprisonment agreeably.

      February, 2, 2009, Kaliningrad. Guilty verdict issued for xenophobic election propaganda. One person convicted, but released for the expiry of the statute of limitations.

      February, 2, 2009, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Guilty verdict issued for the spreader of xenophobic leaflets. Two persons sentenced to 6 months of corrective labour and and 1.5 years of imprisonment agreeably. As for the third member of the group, the case dismissed because he hasn't reached age of criminal discretion.

      February, 6, 2009, Novgorod Velikiy. Guilty verdict issued for posting xenophobic texts on the Web. One person sentenced to 160 hours of social labour.

      February, 16, 2009, Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha. Guilty verdict issued for distributing of xenophobic leaflets. One person convicted (the leader of DPNI – Yakutiya). Court of first instance sentenced him to a real term, however according to cassation got a suspended term.

      March, 2009, Moscow. Guilty verdict issued for a racist riot in a café. 2 persons sentenced to a fine.

      April, 23, 2009, Cherepovets, Vologda region. Guilty verdict for distributing of antisemitic film. One person sentenced to 6 months of corrective labour.

      April, 27, 2009, Samara. Guilty verdict for distributing of antisemitic leaflets. One person sentenced to suspended imprisonment.

      May, 28, 2009, Moscow. Guilty verdict to the leader of DPNI Alexander Belov, who was sentenced to suspended imprisonment. .

      May, 29, 2009, Arkhangelsk. Guilty verdict for distributing of a book "Udar russkih bogov" ("Russian Gods' Strike"). One person sentenced to 120 hours of compulsory labour.

      June, 4, 2009, Orenburg. Guilty verdict for the contamination of a synagogue. 4 persons convicted. Two of them sentenced to 6 and 5 years of imprisonment agreeably (each already had a suspended term), two – to 160 and 240 hours of obligatory labour. As for the fifth member of the group, the case was dismissed because he hasn't reached age of criminal discretion.

      June, 9, 2009, Kemerovo. Guilty verdict for public xenophobic appeals. One person sentenced to suspended imprisonment.

      June, 11, 2009, Omsk. Guilty verdict to the leader of local neo-pagan community for continuing of work of the organization, convicted as an extremist one (art. 282.2 of Criminal Code). One person sentenced to suspended imprisonment.

      June, 19, 2009, Polarnye Zori, Murmansk region. Guilty verdict for xenophobic and neo-nazi graffiti. One person sentenced to suspended imprisonment.

      July, 2009, Vilegodsk, Arkhangelsk region. Guilty verdict for xenophobic texts and appeals for extremist activity in a social network "Vkontakte" (art. 280 and 282). One person sentenced to suspended imprisonment.

      July, 13, 2009, Khabarovsk. Guilty verdict for xenophobic publications in mass media. Two persons sentenced to suspended imprisonment.

      July, 23, 2009, Khabarovsk. Guilty verdict to the leader of Khabarovsk department of Souz russkogo naroda for xenophobic texts and appeals for extremist activity (art. 280 and 282). One person sentenced to suspended imprisonment with injunction to become a leader of public organizations for 2 year's term.

      July, 28, 2009, Kamensk-Uralskiy, Sverdlovsk region. Guilty verdict to ultra-right fans for antisemitic mottos and nationalistic symbols. 2 persons sentenced to 180 hours of correctional labour.

      August, 2009, Yeysk, Krasnodar territory. Guilty verdict to a leader of local department of "Slavyansky Sojuz" ("Slavic Union") for xenophobic comments on a forum. One person sentenced to 6 months of correctional labour.

      August, 12, 2009, Arkhangelsk. Guilty verdict for propaganda of xenophobia in a social network "Vkontakte". One person sentenced to 150 hours of correctional labour.

      August, 26, 2009, Vladimir. Guilty verdict for xenophobic graffiti. One person sentenced to 2 years of correctional labour.

      August, 26, 2009, Sosnogorsk, Komi Republic. Guilty verdict for xenophobic graffiti. One person sentenced to suspended imprisonment.

      September, 16, 2009, Khabarovsk. Guilty verdict to the activists of Sojuz russkogo naroda. 2 persons convicted under the article 282 and one person sentenced under the article 282.1. Sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment in standard regime penal colony (previous conviction was taken into consideration) and to 3 years imprisonment agreeably.

      September, 28, 2009, Khimki, Moscow region. Guilty verdict for posting racist materials on the Web. One person sentenced to a fine.

      October, 13, 2009, Nizhniy Novgorod. Guilty verdict for distribution of nazi video clip in the internet. One person sentenced to 100 hours of correctional labour.

      October, 20, 2009, Omsk. Guilty verdict for distributing of an antisemitic film. 2 persons sentenced to a fine.

      October, 29, 2009, St. Petersburg. Guilty verdict for distributing of xenophobic leaflets. One person sentenced to a fine.

      November, 11, 2009, Kovrov, Vladimir region. Guilty verdict for posting xenophobic publications in a blog. One person sentenced to suspended imprisonment.

      November, 25, 2009, Ukhta, Komi Republic. Guilty verdict for contamination of a jewish cultural center. One person convicted, but released for the expiry of the statute of limitations. .

      November, 13, 2009, Ivanovo. Guilty verdict for distributing of neo-nazi video clips in the internet. One person sentenced to 100 hours of correctional labour.

      November, 11, 2009, Baltiysk, Kaliningrad region. Guilty verdict for grassroots racist insults. One person sentenced to a fine.

      December, 8, 2009, Vladivostok. Guilty verdict for ditribution of xenophobic leaflets and comments in the internet (art. 280 and 282). One person (the leader of "The union of slavs of Far East") sentenced to suspended imprisonment without additional sanctions.

      December, 14, 2009, Moscow. Guilty verdict for a series of xenophobic publications. One person (chief editor of a publishing group "Russkaja Pravda") sentenced to a 450 thousand roubles fine.

      December, 17. 2009, Kursk. Guilty verdict for manufacturing and distributing of xenophobic leaflets. One person (co-ordinator of DPNI-Kursk) sentenced to suspended imprisonment without additional sanctions.

      December, 21, 2009, Chita. Guilty verdict for propaganda of xenophobia in mass media. One person (chief editor of "Russkoe Zabaikalje" newspaper) sentenced to suspended imprisonment without additional sanctions.

      December, 22, 2009, Chelyabinsk. Guilty verdict for distribution of xenophobic publications in a blog. One person sentenced to 120 hours of correctional labour.


      Verdicts which we consider to be unlawful

      April, 2009, Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan. A verdict to the chief of Tatar Public center Rafis Kashapov. Found guilty under sec. 1 art. 282 of Criminal Code of Russian Federation (icitement of hatred or enmity).

      June, 22, 2009, St. Petersburg. A verdict to the jounalist of "Noviy Peterburg" Nikolai Andrushenko. Found guilty under art. 282 of Criminal Code of Russian Federation (incitement of hatred to the emloyees of law-enforcement agencies).

      November, 26, Kazan, Tatarstan. A verdict to Irek Murtazin. Found guilty under sec/ 2 art, 129 (slander), sec. 1 art. 137 (violation of privilege of privacy), p. "a" sec.2 art. 282 (incitement of social hatredwith threats of violence, using mass media).
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      3. Chronicle of the Guilty Verdicts for Hate Motivated Vandalism. 2009
      http://xeno.sova-center.ru/6BA2468/6BB4208/E2985E5

      We publish a list of the guilty verdicts rendered under art. 214 (vandalism) and art. 244 (hate motivated annihilation or damage to graveyards), in which hate motive was taken into consideration.

      In 2009 a historical maximum of such verdicts was reached, however, compared to widespread vandalism practice, their quantity is ludicrously small: in five regions of Russia (Moscow, Ivanovo region, Moscow region, Sverdlovsk region and Krasnoyarsk territory) five verdicts were issued (one in every region), by which 6 persons in total were convicted.

      The list of guilty verdicts for 2008 you can find in the section «Reports and Analyses»: http://xeno.sova-center.ru/6BA2468/6BB4208/C6DC51B#r2 .

      February, 4, 2009, Moscow. Guilty verdict issued for neo-nazi graffiti. Two persons sentenced to suspended imprisonment withoud additional sanctions.

      March, 30, 2009, Achinsk, Krasnoyarsk territory. Guilty verdict issued for xenophobic and neo-nazi graffiti in a town Memory Alley in September, 2008. One person sentenced to 2 years imprisonment in a penal colony settlement.

      May, 5, Yekaterinburg. Guilty verdict issued for contamination of town Siberian cemetery. One person sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment in standard regime penal colony.

      July, 13, 2009, Ivanovo. Guilty verdict issued for contamination of tatar graves in 2007. One person sentenced to 1.5 years of imprisonment. According to the principle of cumulative sentencing under article 163 of Criminal Code of Russian Federation (extortion commited with violence) – to 4 years and 6 months of imprisonment in a standard regime penal colony.

      October, 2009, Sergiev Posad, Moscow region. Guilty verdict issued for contamination of military memorial in June, 2009. One person sentenced to suspended imprisonment without additional sanctions.
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