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By IRINA TITOVA, Associated Press – Tue Jun 14, 2:36 pm ET
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Two leaders of a neo-Nazi gang were sentenced Tuesday to life in jail for a rash of hate killings that terrorized minorities in Russia's second-largest city. The St. Petersburg City Court said Alexei Voevodin and Artyom Prokhorenko headed a gang that enlisted Russian supremacists and football fans aged 16 to 22 who preyed on non-Slavs with dark skin or Asian features, kicking and stabbing them to death. The court also sentenced another 10 gang members to up to 18 years in jail for their roles in dozens of attacks over three years. Their victims included a nine-year old from the ex-Soviet republic of Tajikistan, and natives of North Korea, China and African nations. The gang also killed two former members suspected of cooperating with police and buried their bodies in a suburban forest. In 2004, the gang members gunned down Nikolai Girenko, a prominent expert on African ethnology and a human rights advocate who organized anti-racist conferences and helped police investigate hate crimes. The killings rattled St. Petersburg, a city long plagued by assaults on labor migrants from ex-Soviet Central Asia and Russia's Caucasus region, as well as natives of African and Asian nations. Critics accused police of doing little to prevent the crimes and find the culprits, and the gang was caught only after a local newspaper ran an investigative report. Voevodin and Prokhorenko, with shaved heads and bulging biceps covered with tattooed Celtic imagery, stood calmly in a cage in the courtroom as they listened to the verdict. At a court session last week, Voevodin threatened the judge with "a horrible death," Gazeta.ru online newspaper reported. Celtic crosses are popular among Russian neo-Nazis as substitutes for swastikas. A handful of their supporters raised their right hands in a Nazi salute and yelled "Hail Russia! Hail heroes!" Some of them were holding small, hand-drawn pictures of Adolf Hitler. Voevodin formed the gang in 2003 after most of the members of his previous group, the Mad Crowd, were arrested and charged with multiple killings and assaults. He ordered his followers not to name the gang, refrain from wearing Nazi and ultranationalist symbols and advertising their crimes — unlike other neo-Nazi groups that often posted videos of their attacks online. In recent years, dozens of mostly underage neo-Nazis have stood trial and been convicted across Russia amid a surge in xenophobia and hate crimes triggered by the influx of labor migrants. Some average Russians and nationalist politicians accuse the migrants of stealing jobs and forming ethnic gangs. Racially motivated attacks peaked in 2008, when 110 were killed and 487 wounded, independent human rights watchdog Sova said. Since then, the number of hate crimes dwindled, but human rights groups say neo-Nazis are increasingly resorting to bombings and arson against police and government officials, whom they accuse of condoning the influx of illegal migrants. Ultranationalist groups have also stepped up attacks on human rights activists
AP – Supporters of neo-Nazis seen during a trial of a neo-Nazi gang in court in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, …
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rights groups say. 2011 02:52 pm PDT Report Abuse 76 5 Neo nazi russains?Isn't that like black people joining the kkk? Replies (9) Bobby Tue Jun 14. was gunned down contract-style outside his Moscow apartment. 2011 01:52 pm PDT Report Abuse 86 4 The irony is that these self-proclaimed Nazis would be considered subhuman in Hitler's eyes and sent to concentration camps.2 Russian neo-Nazi leaders get life in jail . » More Who Knew? videos Facebook Share Ending the war tweet Reality checking Obama on Afghanistan. Tsk tsk. Replies (10) http://old.S.news. Like In early May. I simply don't understand. Reply Vlad The Impaler Tue Jun 14. In April 2010.10 of 161 Show: First Highest Rated Highest Rated Prev Next Last Account Reinstated Tue Jun 14. other secrets of everyday fasteners. semi-autonomous groups that coordinate their actions through Internet forums and coded messages.501. 2009 killing of a human rights advocate and a journalist. a McDonald's restaurant and railway stations are currently standing trial in Moscow. Members of a neo-Nazi group accused of planning to blow up a mosque. become a fan on 0 Email Print Edwin Ramos and 833. » More from Time More Slideshows » Editor's Picks Brides tighten garters Average wedding cost drops to $26.yahoo. Neo-Nazis operate in small.. a mostly teenage group of skinheads convicted of killing and assaulting non-Slavs. a member of an ultranationalist group got a life sentence for the Jan.731 others like this.com/s/ap/20110614/ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_neo_nazis_sentenced_2[6/29/2011 11:18:59 AM] . 2011 12:15 pm PDT Report Abuse 96 11 About 26 million of their grandparents died fighting the Nazis and now they are glorifying them. festival in Moscow Reuters Poland's Lech Walesa leaves hospital after illness AP Two French journalists freed in Afghanistan Reuters More » More. Six quick-start careers See how you could prepare for a career with great earning potential in 1-2 years! 161 Comments Post a Comment Comments 1 . » More episodes Why do zippers say YKK? Plus. World Video: Gaddafi forces pound Misrata Reuters World Video: Monaco's Royal Wedding: Will It Be Called Off? ABC News World Video: 11 Killed in Attack at Intercontinental Hotel ABC News Education Top degrees for the next decade Find out which degrees should offer the most potential through 2020. _______ Mansur Mirovalev contributed to this report from Moscow Follow Yahoo! News on Twitter.Yahoo! News and anti-racist youth groups. a federal judge who presided over trials of White Wolves.. » More from ABC News 'Secret life of cats' Confederate sub upright for first time since 1864 Crowds brave rain. Featured Upgrade Your Life Sometimes it's best to stick with last year's model. his girlfriend and accomplice was sentenced to 18 years in jail. mud at Glastonbury Defying gravity: Tokyo photographer 'levitates' Look inside ancient Mayan ruler's tomb What is your cat doing when it slips out of the house? » More videos on SnagFilms More on Europe Alvin Ailey dancers open U.
This is how war appears in our front yard.com/s/ap/20110614/ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_neo_nazis_sentenced_2[6/29/2011 11:18:59 AM] . 2011 02:28 pm PDT Report Abuse 40 3 ignorant Imbecils !do they even know that the nazis murdered millions of russians ? over 50 million men women and children in Europe were killed by that same evil nazi hate they are so proud of following well now they can live the rest of their retarded lifes in cages made for nazi albino apes Replies (1) Veryfriendlyguy Tue Jun 14. Throw them into a deep dungeon and let them live with rats and roaches. but as an American of Irish descent.10 of 161 First Prev Next Last Post a Comment Sign in to post a comment. anyway. I'm definitely opposed to communism and socialism.World Daily Features Elsewhere on the Web http://old. and elder cousins had to fight the Nazis from enslaving them. Love should start among one another. Most Viewed . 2011 01:37 pm PDT Report Abuse 33 3 These young Russians don't remember their history-their grandparents. 2011 01:05 pm PDT Report Abuse 43 4 This is very sad frame of mind of the Russian youths. which is just as evil as naziism.Yahoo! News Otto Von Manteuffel Tue Jun 14. or Sign up for a free account. 2011 01:28 pm PDT Report Abuse 35 5 Compared to their repulsive ideology. For Russian younger generation to make Hitler their hero is beyond me. The Celtic cross incorporated a sun symbol to make it more recognizable to the sun-worshiping Celts. The Russian people must overcome racism within their own society.news. These people are not Celtic in origin. Replies (7) Samy 13 hours ago Report Abuse 2 0 I thought hitler killed 20 million russian soildiers and civilians.Hitler would kill those Slav like killing cockroaches. Replies (1) Keep It Real Tue Jun 14.2 Russian neo-Nazi leaders get life in jail . Replies (1) Comments 1 . this may be a small matter. great-uncles. Replies (4) JC Tue Jun 14. I am of Asian origin and I am deeply mad with how they treat people of other races. Replies (1) Sadie 14 hours ago Report Abuse 19 1 Dumb arse Russians. Always. at no time has it stood for anything but good.How ironic!!!.yahoo. It's sad & disgusting. Neo-nazis in Russia don't have a clue about their history. 2011 02:15 pm PDT Report Abuse 68 7 Russian Neo-Nazi?????. They should be enlightened that Hitler killed millions and millions of Russians too during the war. Replies (1) B K Tue Jun 14. I find it highly insulting and disgusting that these animals have appropriated the Celtic cross for a symbol of their hatred and paranoia. This is how love disappears and hatred begins.
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