Via The Moscow Times, we learn that 53 suspects have been arrested on hate crimes charges thus far this year:
The suspects include members of 11 separate gangs that have carried out a total of 38 violent attacks -- including 17 murders -- against foreigners in Moscow, the Moscow region, St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, said Gennady Ivanov, head of the ministry's criminal investigations department.And SOVA just released a May report with data on attacks and murders in 2008:
In the first five months of 2008, no fewer than 234 persons have suffered such attacks, 57 of whom died as a result. Incidents were reported in 21 regions of Russia. In the same period of 2007, 279 persons were attacked, 39 of whom died.Via the Georgian woman who sells me chips and beer at the corner convenience store, we learn (upon me asking her, "How are things?"):
The main centers of violence continue to be Moscow (35 murdered and 89 wounded) and St. Petersburg (11 murdered and 18 wounded).
[Всего же за 5 месяцев 2008 года от подобных нападений пострадало не менее 234 человек, 57 из которых погибло. Инциденты были зарегистрированы в 21 регионе России. За аналогичный период 2007 года пострадало 279 человек, 39 из которых погибло.
Основными центрами насилия продолжают оставаться Москва (35 убитых и 89 раненых) и Петербург (11 убитых и 18 раненых).]
Things are always bad in Russia. Money, drunks and threats of violence all the time. That's all there is here. Isn't it this way for you? Oh, look here they are! (Three drunk teenagers walk through the door.)**********
p.s. Window on Eurasia today, from "Skinhead Attacks Lead North Caucasians to Set Up Self-Defense Group":
[The] announcement that the group will also offer physical protection to migrants is likely to disturb many. On the one hand, it is a clear indictment of the Russian militia, many of whose members openly sympathize with the skinheads in their attacks on what they call “persons of Caucasus nationality.” And on the other, it is an indication of the desperation many migrants from the Caucasus now feel. They obviously believe that they can now count only on themselves.