In light of the most recent race killing in Moscow, La Russophobe reviews coverage of racial violence in Russia over the past month, reflecting back on the past two years in light of recent developments. La Russophobe dares to wonder why this information can't be found on the JRL website. Mr. Johnson can put the government reports up by himself, and if he doesn't like LR's summary and doesn't want to write his own, surely one of his thousands of readers can provide one, right? That is unless . . .
Recently two major British publications, the Sunday Times and the Economist, have run lengthy pieces focusing on the outburst of race violence in
The Sunday Times led the way on May 7th with an article by Mark Franchetti entitled “
Four days later came a similar report from The Economist, which stated: “As a recent report by Amnesty International catalogued, police, prosecutors and courts remain too slow to recognise racist crimes and too lenient in their punishment. Typically, the killers of a nine-year-old Tajik girl in St Petersburg were recently adjudged to have been motivated by “hooliganism” rather than racism (another nine-year-old, the daughter of a Malian, was stabbed in the throat in St Petersburg, but lived). A racist attack on an official from
The Amnesty International report referenced by the Economist, which was issued May 6th, states: “According to a Russian information centre (the Sova Information Analytical Centre), in 2005 alone 28 people were murdered and 366 assaulted on racial grounds. The actual figure, however, could be much higher as many racially motivated crimes are either not reported at all or not registered as such. Rather, police and prosecution authorities frequently prefer to classify them as so-called “hooliganism”. The perpetrators of racist attacks often come from well-organized groups professing a racist, neo-fascist and violent ideology. According to official figures, there are about 150 "extremist groups" with over 5000 members in
The Times’ data, from Sova, did not include the beating of two Mongolian students in
The report states: “Despite appeals for tolerance during the year by President Putin and other senior officials, violence and societal prejudice against ethnic and national minorities, as well as against foreigners, increased. During the year there were numerous racially motivated attacks on members of minority groups and foreigners, particularly Asians and Africans. The approximately 1,000 African students in
The report documented a litany of examples as follows:
· September 20 a group of up to 50 young persons beat and stabbed 4 individuals from the
· There has been no significant progress in the investigation of a group of seven alleged skinheads that attacked a group of Kurdish and Turkish children from
· According to press reports, between January and July, four killings, six physical attacks, and three acts of vandalism in
· On October 13, a 20 year old student from
· On October 2, an Afghan native was killed in
· In February, a 9 year old Tajik girl was killed when a group of young men, shouting "
· In May, the son of a cultural attaché of the Libyan Embassy was knifed near the apartment he was renting.
· A group of 20 50 skinheads attacked four individuals from the
· Two adults were sentenced for 17 and 10 years in prison and a teenager was sentenced for 9 years in a juvenile institution for murder of a student from
·On June 19, Nikolay Girenko, an expert on hate crimes and senior researcher of the
· In September 2003, the courts acquitted Pavel Ivanov, editor of the Velikiy Novgorod newspaper Russkoye Veche, of printing articles hostile to minorities in his newspaper. Ivanov had been charged in 2002 with inflaming ethnic hatred. Nikolay Girenko, the ethnicity expert who was killed in June, had been an expert witness in this case.
The full report is available here.
The State Department issued its most current report on
“The law prohibits discrimination based on nationality; however, Roma, persons from the
Examples of race violence set forth by the report were as follows:
· On February 14, approximately 400 members of the Romani community fled the
· On the night of November 10 two more Romani houses in Iskitim suffered arson attacks, in which a Romani women and her child sustained injuries. The child later died from the injuries received during the attack.
·For example it was reported that on July 9, about a dozen skinheads beat a Vietnamese man to death in a
· On September 14, a Congolese student was killed in
· On October 9, in
· Later in October, the authorities charged a Russian student with murder and another 13 youths with lesser crimes for participating in the attack.
· On February 11, two Korean students were attacked and hospitalized in
· On March 14, four skinheads attacked an African student of a pedagogical university in
· On March 26, a Chinese student was attacked during daylight on a major city street in
· According to one report, from January to early December skinheads attacked 125 people in
· There were indications that the authorities were increasingly willing to acknowledge racial, ethnic, or religious motivations for such criminal acts. For example, in
· In September, for the first time, a Primorskiy Kray jury convicted a defendant of a crime motivated by ethnic hatred. Skinhead leader Ivan Nazarenko was found guilty of murder motivated by ethnic hatred for the killing of a Korean man in September 2004 and sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment. The same jury acquitted Nazarenko of the 2004 murder of a Chinese citizen.
·In August five skinheads were convicted of murdering migrants in
· Also in August three skinheads were sentenced to one year imprisonment for assaulting ethnic Yakuts in Yekaterinburg. According to media reports, this was the first conviction for a hate crime in Sverdlovsk Oblast. In
·In June 2004 Nikolay Girenko, an expert on hate crimes and senior researcher of the
· In March Pavel Ivanov resumed publication of The Russkoye Veche, a Velikiy Novgorod newspaper that printed articles hostile to minorities. Ivanov had been charged in 2002 with inflaming ethnic hatred and in February 2004 the court found him guilty and banned him from publishing for three years. Ivanov appealed the ruling and the ban was replaced with a $350 (10 thousand rubles) fine.
The 2005 State Department report is here:
Despite this evidence of racial hostility in
The Report referred to by the Home Office is to be found here.