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November 2008. Monthly Summary -

In November 2008, not less than 18 people, including 3 fatalities,
became victims of racist and neo-nazi violence in Russia. Beside Moscow,
the crimes were reported in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Penza and
Kaliningrad. For comparison, in November 2007, we recorded 70 victims,
including 4 fatalities.  



Journalist's Investigation Proved No Murder in Irkutsk -

On November 27, 2008, one of the Irkutsk newspapers published the
results of an investigation which showed that the high profile murder
<http://xeno.sova-center.ru/6BA2468/6BB41EE/BE04249> of 16 year-old Olga
Rukosyla didn't take place. Moreover, there was no such a girl with such
a name.
The disclaimer was made by an Irkutsk newspaper "SM Nomer Odin" in
cooperation with the Irkutsk and Moscow antifascists.
The sources of the disinformation turned out to be a young man and a
girl from Irkutsk who had introduced themselves as friends of the victim
(the young man had even showed an ID card of a police officer and said
that he had been investigating the murder).
The motives of the falsifiers are not known. 
The details of the journalist investigation you can find here (in
Russian): http://pressa.irk.ru/sm/2008/47/015004.html. 


ODIHR Annual Report for 2007 on Hate Crimes -

In October, 2008, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
published the second annual report “Hate crimes in the OSCE region –
incidents and responses”.

The report is to be a collection point for information related to hate
crimes, including legislation and statistics, and to raise awareness
about existing responses to such crimes within OSCE participating
States, including Russia.

SOVA Center for Information and Analysis contributed to the report in
parts concerning Russian Federation.

PDF version of the report is available here:
http://www.osce.org/documents/odihr/2008/10/33851_en.pdf .

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