06 June 2008

Hate Crimes in Russia Update

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.

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).]
Via the Georgian woman who sells me chips and beer at the corner convenience store, we learn (upon me asking her, "How are things?"):
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.


lizzie b said...

A note slightly off topic of the blog and the post: I've been hearing snippets about workers from the Caucuses doing lots of poorly paid construction labor in China, particularly on Olympic venues. (The reporting is particularly about the Olympic venues, that is.) These guys get around the continent.

Lyndon said...

I know you're in pack-out mode, but perhaps you will find time to do a post on this story? I haven't tried searching Google News or any Russian sources for anything on it, but the Gazeta.ru story and the Life.ru video linked there should be of interest to you.

Oh, and - more haikus, plz. Don't hide your light under a bushel.

One more thing, since I'm too lazy to do a separate comment on the appropriate post - my spouse, who is from a small town in Moldova, can sing one of those "Jimmy the disco-dancer" songs and had a bonding moment with one of her co-workers at a bank in DC about those movies. Globalization?

BusterPh.D.Candidate said...

You all wait until my last week here when I'm running around in every direction to finish up archival work, say goodbye to friends and see a few last sights that I've been putting off, and NOW you start with the tips for MTBE stories?!

Lyndon, I had only read the headlines on that story, but it's very much in the air, with the press coming in with a bunch of muck-stirring about migrants and crime in Russia, encouraged by the comments of some government officials. But I've only been following the mess over the shoulders of people reading on the Metro. If you write about it, I'd be happy to link to your coverage! Or cross-post, or whatever...

Lizzie, Likewise for you, if you want to put together some pieces of that puzzle in a short post, MTBE's editors still keep an eye out for writing from our long-defunct American bureau.