As previously reported, Stanley Robinson, an eighteen-year-old black student from Rhode Island, was attacked earlier this month in Volgograd in a suspected hate crime. He has been moved to Helsinki for further medical treatment, presumably due to worries that his condition would worsen under the treatment of Russian doctors.
Hopefully, this attack will draw greater attention to the ever-increasing problem of racist violence in Russia, as this year’s numbers for fatal hate crimes outpaces last year’s.
In the past week, two more attacks have been reported by SOVA, a Russian human rights watchdog group. On 14 December, a group of seven or eight skinheads attacked an Uzbek national in Moscow, leaving him with multiple knife wounds. He is currently in intensive care. Later the same evening, an eighteen-year-old Kazakh student was stabbed to death. These events transpired just days after the severed head of a Tajik worker was found in a dumpster on the outskirts of Moscow. An extremist nationalist group has taken credit for this murder in letters to human rights groups.
Following up on a brutal series of attacks reported earlier this year, teenagers from the racist "Ryno gang" were recently sentenced. According to the BBC:
The heaviest jail term was handed to Roman Kuzin, who received 20 years in jail.
The two alleged ringleaders of the group, Artur Ryno and Pavel Skachevsky, were given 10-year sentences in a penal colony.
Their sentences were the longest they could have received, as they were minors at the time.