MINELRES: SOVA-Center: Human Rights First reports on hate crimes in Russia

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Human Rights First reports on hate crimes in Russia

On 26 June, Human Rights First, an American NGO, released two new
reports on hate crimes in the Russian Federation. Executive summary in
Russian of the first report is available.
Minorities Under Siege: Hate Crimes and Related Intolerance in the
Russian Federation (available at:
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/discrimination/index.asp) reports on the
growing threat of racist violence, antisemitism, and other forms of
intolerance. The report documents incidents of hate-motivated violence –
including murder – directed against the full array of Russia’s
minorities, including people from the Caucasus and Central Asia,
Africans, the Jewish community, people practicing “non-traditional”
religions, Roma, as well as sexual minorities. Anti-racist activists
have also increasingly been among the victims.

The report also looks at the official response to violence motivated by
bias by assessing the Russian legal framework for dealing such hate
crimes as well as the political response from Russia’s official human
rights bodies and political leaders. Detailed recommendations are made
to the Russian authorities.

Minorities Under Siege: The Case of St. Petersburg (also available at:
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/discrimination/index.asp) focuses more
specifically on recent cases of serious racist violence in Russia’s
“northern capital” as well as the response of local authorities to the
worrying problem of hate crimes there.  

For further information, please contact Director of Research Michael
McClintock (mcclintockm@humanrightsfirst.org, (212) 845-5249, or Senior
Associate Paul LeGendre (legendrep@humanrightsfirst.org, (212) 845-5257.
In our Washington D.C. Office, please contact Senior Associate Julia
Fromholz (fromholzj@humanrightsfirst.org), (202) 370-3308


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