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Russian Skinheads 'Guilty' Of Killing Tajik

Five skinheads have been convicted for an ethnically motivated murder and sentenced in the south-central Russian city of Novosibirsk, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Novosibirsk Oblast Court spokeswoman Irina Kosheleva said the leader of the group, Aleksei Noskov, was found guilty of "murder based upon ethnic hatred" and sentenced to 13 years in jail.

Four other members of the group received suspended sentences ranging from seven months to a year for complicity in the attack.

In October, the group attacked and severely beat Tajik Abdulatip Tursunov before stabbing him to death. Noskov was the first to stab Tursunov, who had a total of 29 stab wounds and died later in hospital.

All of the assailants were under 18 at the time of the attack.