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Moscow skinheads guilty

2009-09-11 19:30

Moscow - A Moscow City Court spokesperson says 11 mostly teenage skinheads have been found guilty of hate killings and causing explosions.

Anna Usachyova said on Friday that jurors found the group, aged 16 to 21, guilty of killing four natives of China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and causing a series of blasts in Moscow.

She said the jurors asked for clemency for an 18-year-old woman who headed the gang. The other 10 are male.

Sova, a Moscow-based hate crimes monitor, said 47 people have been killed and 222 wounded in Russia this year in apparent hate attacks. Last year 107 were killed and 468 wounded.

Sova's Galina Kozhevnikova said the drop reflects a "tactical switch" of neo-Nazi groups from targeting non-Slavs to indiscriminate attacks, which are not classed as hate crimes.