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Friday, May 05, 2006

BBC E-mail: Russian racism 'out of control'

The report into violent racism shows that at least 28 people were killed and 366 were assaulted in 2005.
The Amnesty report, entitled "Russian Federation: Violent racism out of control", includes examples of police and prosecutors routinely classifying murders and serious assaults by skinhead extremists as lesser crimes of "hooliganism"

Cases highlighted in the Amnesty report include the killing of nine-year-old Tajik girl Khursheda Sultonov.

Another victim was Vu Anh Tuan, a 20-year-old Vietnamese student, stabbed to death in October 2004 by a gang of 18 skinheads near a metro station in St Petersburg.

** Russian racism 'out of control' **
Racist killings in Russia are "out of control", says a report by human rights watchdog Amnesty International.

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