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Skinheads Convicted In Two Russian Cities

ORENBURG, Russia – A court in the Russian city of Orenburg has sentenced two skinheads to jail terms of five and six years, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The convicts were found guilty of vandalizing a synagogue last year, where they spray-painted Nazi symbols and wrote anti-Semitic graffiti.

Also on June 4, a court in Novosibirsk found Mikhail Rodoshkevich guilty of founding an ultra-nationalist group called "Skinhead Brotherhood" in 2002. However, Rodoshkevich was found mentally incompetent and sent to a psychiatric clinic rather than prison.

The group’s members have brutally beaten Tajik and Uzbek nationals on many occasions. Five members were tried earlier this year and sentenced to different prison terms between six and 10 years.