4 Dec 2008

Seven skinheads await sentences for 20 killings

Seven members of a skinhead gang convicted over 20 racially motivated killings and 12 other violent attacks, will hear their sentences in a Moscow court Thursday, according to Russian media.

The gang members were indicted for "killing two or more people by an organized group, motivated by feelings of ethnic and racial hatred; attempted killings; the instigation of hatred or hostility; and disorderly conduct," according to Interfax.

"Influenced by ideas on exclusivity of people of Russian ethnicity and inferiority of non-Slavic individuals ... the defendants formed organized groups to kill people coming from former Soviet republics located in the Asian and Caucasus regions," a prosecution spokesman was quoted as saying. CNN.com