5 March 2012
At least twelve people were injured, and two killed, as a result of racist and neo-Nazi attacks this February. Violent incidents were reported in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Vladimir, Volgograd, Moscow and Samara regions.
Overall, at least 25 people fell victim to xenophobic violence this year in Russia, with two of those dying from their injuries.
This month vandals damaged a monument to the victims of Stalin’s repressions in St. Petersburg, and the local Kremlin in Kolomna. Additionally, unknown individuals in Petersburg threw a homemade explosive device into a local Uzbek-owned shop. As such, 2012 has seen no fewer than seven acts of xenophobic vandalism to date. [Read more]