The Russian hate crimes watchdog, SOVA, has published a report on racially motivated violence in Russia. According to the report, “Spring 2009: From Racial Killings to Political Terror,” ultra-nationalist and racist groups are now resorting to violence against police.
SOVA says nationalists plotted explosions at police stations and military conscription offices in three Russian cities in early May 2009. Several nationalist groups claimed responsibility for burning police cars and stations earlier this year. FSB sees the development as a threat to national security.
At the same time, however, the government’s actions against the extreme right have mostly been for propaganda purposes. SOVA’s deputy director Galina Kozhevnikova said at least 33 non-Slavic Russians and migrants have been killed this year in apparent hate crimes.