Petersburg Court Sentences Four Neo-Nazis for Murder

(December 11, 2008)

The city court of St. Petersburg, Russia sentenced four neo-Nazis to prison for murdering a 26-year-old citizen of Uzbekistan, according to a December 9, 2008 report by the web site The defendants, aged 17-20, stabbed their victim to death at a suburban train station in November 2007. The court found one of the defendants guilty of murder motivated by ethnic hatred. Police established that the defendants belonged to a neo-Nazi group after finding extremist literature in their apartments and discovering that two of the youngest among them had neo-Nazi tattoos. The court was rather lenient in its sentencing, however, handing down one suspended sentence, one four and a half year sentence (but apparently only because that defendant had a criminal record), and a five year and two and a half year sentence to the two defendants who are underaged.

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