A few of the alleged 50,000 skinheads in Russia (file photo) (AFP)
June 1, 2006 -- The Russian human rights organization Sova today said that there are some 50,000 skinheads in the country.
Galina Kozhevnikova said Sova suspects that this year alone skinheads have been responsible for killing 18 people and wounding more than 100 others.
The group says that most attacks occur in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the two largest cities in the country.
Epidemic Of Hate
Yusuf Sultonov, whose 9-year-old daughter was beaten and stabbed to death in St. Petersburg on February 9, 2004 (TASS)
EXTREMISM ASCENDANT: More than half of Russians have xenophobic views, according to a report published in August 2005. In the report, rights groups say that -- despite progress in some areas -- racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism remain rife in Russia. But what worries watchdogs most are recent moves by nationalist-patriotic movements to form paramilitary groups....(more)