Hate crimes in Russia
Really sad to inform, but during the last month five Kyrgyzstani were murdered in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation. As Jamiyat notes in his post “Uzbeks most attacked in Russia”, Moscow and Saint-Petersburg do remain the major hotspots for hate crime. In the official note of the Kyrgyz Embassy in Russia to Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor General Office, the Embassy suggested Russian law enforcement bodies to undertake preventive measures and tighten its legal penalties for hate crimes.
Kyrgyz El Public Association has also condemned such crimes and appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him as the guarantor of the Constitution to promptly respond to murders and attacks on Kyrgyz nationals in Russia. It reminded of numerous attacks and murders of Kyrgyzstani in Russia by skinheads during the last years and said that this can lead to certain actions and measures.
As 24.kg informs, the Moscow prosecutor office accuses five students for six criminal assaults motivated by the national hatred. Five Kyrgyz, Tajik, Armenian citizens became victims of the violent youth gang from February till April 2007. These students aged between 16 and 19 are considered they were a part of the skinhead movement and stuck with the Nazi ideology. During the house search the police seized papers and video tapes of extremist nature. The prosecutor office reports:
The members of the gang deliberately sought Asian-looking persons and assaulted them with axes, hammers or knives. The juvenile delinquents wore gloves to leave no finger prints.
The Kyrgyz diaspora in Russia is highly concerned about the recent murders and is initiating a protest action throughout Russia.