A week ago, I read about a terrible beating on the Moscow Metro. Two Central Asian men were attacked by eight young men while riding between Tretiakovskaia and Oktiabrskaia stations. According to witnesses, it was an orderly affair, with some of the assailants controlling the car to make sure that authorities were not notified. Afterwards, the compartment was "covered with blood." The attackers were described as resembling football hooligans and not skinheads, which, as SOVA points out, is an unclear distinction. (SOVA has gone ahead and labelled it a skinhead attack, hair-splitters be damned.)
"But we will be meeting with police to determine the exact nature" of the incident, Brod said.
At least 35 people have died in more than 120 racist attacks across the country this year, almost twice as many as last year, according to the most recent statistics compiled by Brod's organization. There were around 60 racist attacks in the same period last year, Brod said.