Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Kommersant had a tiny skinhead census piece (in Russian) yesterday - on the eve of Hitler's birthday today.

According to the Moscow Human Rights Bureau, there are over 50,000 skinheads in Russia - and no more than 70,000 around the world, excluding Russia.

There are skinhead communities in nearly 85 Russian cities and towns:

St. Petersburg - 10,000 to 15,000;
Kaliningrad - around 1,000;
Nizhniy Novgorod - 600 to 2,500;
Rostov-na-Donu - over 1,500;
Pskov, Yekaterininburg, Krasnodar - over 1,000 each;
Voronezh, Samara, Saratov, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Vladivostok, Ryazan, Petrozavodsk - a few hundred skinheads each.

In 2004, most of the 40 racially/ethnically motivated murders and hundreds of non-lethal attacks were committed by skinheads.


I took this swastika picture in St. Pete, in Yusupovsky Garden: the 9-year-old Tajik girl had been skating there with her father and cousin shortly before a bunch of drunk animals stabbed her to death.

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