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Russian Army Officer Fined For Racist Propaganda


Khalepchuk was also found to have been posting on the Internet audio and video materials about skinhead attacks against ethnic minorities in Russia.

Khalepchuk was also found to have been posting on the Internet audio and video materials about skinhead attacks against ethnic minorities in Russia.

TOMSK, Russia -- A military court in the central Russian city of Tomsk has fined an army officer after he pleaded guilty to "propagating fascist ideas," RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Senior Lieutenant Yevgeny Khalepchuk, 28, has to pay a fine of some 160,000 rubles (about $5,300) for lectures he gave to soldiers in his unit about the superiority of one race.

He was also found to have been posting on the Internet audio and video materials about skinhead attacks against ethnic minorities in Russia.

After admitting his guilt, Khalepchuk expressed regret for his behavior.

The court also ruled that he could not hold any positions connected with coordination and organization of personnel for five years.

The trial was reportedly the first-ever such case for the Tomsk military court.
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