Russian police bust racist 'skinhead' gang in Moscow

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Moscow, Feb 12 (UNI) Russian police have arrested two teenagers belonging to the ''skinhead'' neo-Nazi group in the capital, who allegedly took part in over 30 racist murders.

Police said they were part of the skinhead gang that picked their victims based on ethnic background.

''They kept in touch via mobile phones and the Internet.

Then they would get together for what they called 'actions'.

Their attacks were always sudden and had one purpose only - to kill,'' Special Crime Investigator Alexznder Klimov told Russia Today TV channel.

Last April, the police arrested two Moscow students, Artur Ryno and Pavel Skachevsky, on suspicion of killing an Armenian businessman. Ryno has since confessed to 37 racially motivated crimes.

Last month, four more teenagers suspected to be a part of the gang were detained. A total of nine gang members are now charged with murder or attempted murder.

According to the investigators, the group's rule was to attack only men, not women and children, which they said was necessary to clean up the city.

They generally target people from Central Asia, Asia, Africa and black Americans.

In 2007, 69 people were killed in race hate attacks in Russia.

Since the beginning of this year, 14 people have already been killed in such incidents.


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