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Kursheda Sultanova (center) with family members (Courtesy Photo) August 10, 2006 -- The family of a 9-year-old Tajik girl stabbed to death in Russia two years ago has lost an appeal for a retrial of her attackers.


Russia's Supreme Court today upheld a ruling by a lower court in St. Petersburg, which in March found seven teenagers guilty of hooliganism and cleared another of the murder of Khursheda Sultanova in February 2004.


The seven were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 18 months to 5 and 1/2 years.


(ITAR-TASS)

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)


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