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Fourteen Killed In Xenophobic Attacks In Russia This Year

  • RFE/RL

Antigay activists trample on a rainbow flag during a protest by gay-rights activists in Moscow in 2013.

Antigay activists trample on a rainbow flag during a protest by gay-rights activists in Moscow in 2013.

A Moscow-based think tank that monitors xenophobia and extremism says 14 people have been killed and 77 injured in ethnically motivated attacks across Russia since the beginning of the year.

According to the latest report presented by the Sova Center for Information and Analysis on September 30, 31 individuals have been sentenced for hatred attacks since January 1.

The report did not include ethnically or racially motivated attacks in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region or in Crimea, the Ukrainian region that was annexed by Moscow in March.

The main victims of the attacks were migrant workers from Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as representatives of youth subculture groups and sexual minorities.

The Sova Center said that 20 people were killed in ethnically motivated attacks across Russia last year.

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