A reader writes in:
...for my undergrad thesis I am doing foreign migration's influences on hate groups in Russia. I am going to make a chart, but I cannot find the number injured or the number killed, and/or the total for 2008. Usually the SOVA center published yearly stats, but I can't find them anywhere on the site. I would like to use this source because all of my other stats come from SOVA as well.SOVA has published this information here, but it's only available in Russian. Here's a quick translation of the basic findings into English, for you and other readers who might be interested:
In 2008, there were no fewer than 525 victims of racist and xenophobic violence; 97 of these victims were killed. These numbers are minimal estimates of violence, excluding incidents occurring in the north Caucasus, massive brawls, attacks with a financial motive and assaults involving the use of a firearm (except in instances where racist motives were declared by law enforcement agencies), and other types of dispute-related altercations.The report goes on to list examples of everyday racism, vandalism and other manifestations of xenophobia and extremism, followed by comparative tables at the bottom of the post.
Overall, in 2008, racist and neo-Nazi attacks were recorded in 44 regions. The main centers of violence, as before, are the Moscow (57 murders and 196 injuries) and St. Petersburg (15 murders and 38 injuries) regions. After a two-year break, neo-Nazis have become active again in Voronezh (2 murders and 18 injuries), once again taking third place in these miserable ratings.
The main victims of xenophobic aggression are natives of Central Asia (49 murders, 108 injuries) and the Caucasus (23 murders, 72 injuries). However, for those with non-Slavic features, there is no insurance against racist attacks, nor are representatives of leftist youth movements or alternative youth subcultures (punks, goths, emos, etc.) safe, as neo-Nazis consider them "traitors to the white race."
Anyway, good luck with that thesis, dear reader! And if you get a chance, I'd love to see the results as would, I imagine, other MTBE readers. So keep us posted, okay?