Nizhny Novgorod Police Detain Two Neo-Nazis for Stabbing US Citizen

(December 17, 2008)

Nizhny Novgorod Police Detain Two Neo-Nazis for Police in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia detained two suspected neo-Nazis in connection with an attack on an African-American youth, according to a December 16, 2008 article on the web site of the national daily "Komsomolskaya Pravda." According to the article, Stanley Robinson, who studies Russian and takes boxing lessons at a Nizhny Novgorod high school, was returning home two weeks ago when two 17-year-old youths accosted him, trying to start a fight. When Mr. Robinson fought back, several other youths joined in on the attack, and one of them stabbed him. He was able to break free and get to a bus stop, where he yelled for help, scaring off his assailants. Police found the suspects after a girl who used to be a member of the same neo-Nazi gang as the alleged attackers heard them talking about it, and informed the police. The suspects face charges of aggravated assault; there is no mention in the article of any hate crimes or extremism charges being brought at this juncture.

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