MINELRES: News from the SOVA Center

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Human Rights First released a new report on hate crimes -

In June, 2007, Human Rights First, one of the leading human rights
advocacy organizations, released a new report 2007 Hate Crime Survey. It
is a review of the rising tide of hate crimes covering the region from
the far east of the Russian Federation and the Central Asian states
across Europe to North America: the 56 participating states of the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). 


An expert on rightwing extremism was attacked in St. Petersburg -

Valentina Uzunova, an ethnologist and expert on extremism and racist
incitement in Russia, was attacked and beaten by an unknown person in
St. Petersburg on June 19, 2007. 59-year-old Uzunova was hospitalized
with a concussion...   

Three verdicts pronounced for rightwing radicals on June 19 -

On June 19, 2007, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, several verdicts were
pronounced for rightwing extremists. In St. Petersburg the jury found a
group of young men guilty of murder of Roland Epassak, a Congo citizen,
who was stabbed to death in September, 2005. In Moscow, three skinheads,
affiliated with a neo-nazi Slavic Union, were convicted of premeditated
act of hooliganism, infliction of light bodily harm and beatings. The
Supreme Court of Russia approved the conviction of rightwing activists
Mikhail Klevachov and Vladimir Vlasov of the Grozny-Moscow train
detonation on June 12, 2005... 

The SOVA Center presented a new report in Moscow -

On June 20, 2007, in Moscow, the SOVA Center presented a new report,
Sowing On The Meadow Of Russian Nationalism. The report describes
radical nationalism and resistance against it in the spring of 2007. The
report will be available in English in a few weeks... 


News from the SOVA Center

Human Rights Watch and ILGA report on violent homophobia in Russia -

In June, 2007, Human Rights Watch and the European Region of the
International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA–Europe) released their
report "We Have the Upper Hand". Freedom of assembly in Russia and the
human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. PDF
version of the report is available here:


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