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Moscow Court Sentences Four Skinheads From Notorious Group


MOSCOW -- A Moscow City Court has sentenced four skinheads to prison terms ranging from between five and nine years, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The four were members of the infamous Ryno-Skachevsky group. The jury found them guilty of murder, attempted murder, and fomenting interethnic hatred.

The investigators found the young men guilty of attacking several non-Slavic people in the beginning of 2007. Two of their victims died.

In December 2008, the two leaders of the group -- Artur Ryno and Pavel Skachevsky -- were each sentenced to 10 years in jail. Five other members of the group were sentenced to prison terms between five and 20 years.

The group has been found guilty of killing a total of 20 people because of their ethnicity.
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