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The number of ethnically motivated crimes rises 100 to 150 cases each year

Moscow, October 21st - But only two or three persons are sentenced. This announced Alexander Brod, director of the Moscow Bureau of Human Rights, on a press conference. According to investigations of Human Rights activists, There aren�t introduced more than 70 criminal cases on article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (�Arousing of national, racial or religious enmity�) each year. Only ten of them come to court. Ethnically motivated crimes �are usually qualified as hooliganism�. In the opinion of the Human Rights activist, this causes in the lack of �qualified experts� in the law-enforcement agencies and in the non-existence of a �specialized institute, which would involve into its conclusion the radical literature, the ideology of neo-nazism�. �We are willing to make such a conclusion. If the courts and public prosecutors only were willing to resist this phenomenon�, noted Alexander Brod. Besides, he declared that since the recent past the Russian neo-nazists actively cooperate with foreign partners. And �Russia is used as a bridgehead for nationalist ideas� by skinheads from different countries, since they can �act here undisturbed�. According to the president of the foundation �Kholokot� Alla Gerber, there are at least 5,000 skinheads in the Russian capital only. In Russia there are more than 50,000. Furthermore the Russian society is �sick of xenophobia�, thinks Alla Gerber. More than 60% of the Russians agree with the slogan �Russia to the Russians!�

Alexander Brod (Moscow Bureau of Human Rights), Phone: +7 (095) 207-39-13, 232-29-90, 956-76-15, e-mail: [email protected]

Source: Agenstvo Sotsialnoj Informatsii

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