For the last five years a small Moscow-based NGO, the SOVA Centre for Information and Analysis, has produced an annual report on radical nationalist activity in Russia and the efforts of state and non-state bodies to counteract it.
This year, SOVA issued another 24 pages of sober calculation and analysis, opting for the most conservative estimates (only 97 “hate murders” in 2008) and carefully examining the significant, if limited, progress made in combating this activity. Despite the lack of sensationalism, it is a truly disturbing read.
SOVA figures over the past five years reveal a steady increase in violent crime, mostly related to neo-Nazi and skinhead activity. Russia has a well-organised and experienced neo-Nazi network, committing increasingly violent crimes.