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12-04-2012, 16:30
Russia: Killing of Muslim community worker in capital highlights xenophobic threat

Attackers on 10 April stabbed and killed Metin Mekhtiev, a prominent Muslim community worker of Azerbaijani origin, near his home in the capital Moscow.

Although only preliminary information has so far emerged, the fact that the attackers did not steal Mekhtiev's valuables and the brutality of the attack suggest that he was the victim of a hate crime. As such, Mekhtiev is likely to have been targeted because of his religion or non-Slavic ethnicity. He is unlikely to have been attacked by radical Islamist militants on ideological grounds, given that he was not a cleric.

Despite a slightly declining trend in xenophobic violence over the last two years, small, independent groups of extreme right-wing ‘skinhead' youths continue to pose an occasional threat of violent attacks in the largest cities against people of non-Slavic appearance. So far in 2012, two people have been killed in xenophobic attacks nationwide (excluding violence in the volatile North Caucasus).

Although the authorities have banned many extreme nationalist groups over the last 18 months, nationalist views are likely to remain prevalent in the political establishment. Nationalist movements will continue to organise regular rallies that occasionally descend into localised clashes. Foreign personnel should avoid public gatherings as a precaution because of the threat of xenophobic violence by fringe elements at such events.


Born in Moscow, Mekhtiev held managing positions within non-governmental organisation the Islamic Cultural Centre from 2000 until the authorities forced its closure in May 2011, ostensibly on technical legal grounds. Since then, Mekhtiev had collaborated with a number of Azerbaijani NGOs, and organised protests against the wars in Iraq and Lebanon and against publications caricaturing the Muslim prophet Muhammad. He also led a successful campaign demanding that the authorities reclassify several murders of non-Slavs in St Petersburg in the last few years from robbery to nationalist crime.

Xenophobic trends

Data collected by the Sova Centre, an NGO monitoring xenophobic and nationalist trends in Russia, indicate that at least 32 people have experienced racist attacks in 2012, of whom two were killed. This count excludes victims of violence in the North Caucasus. The attacks were recorded in the cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, and the regions of Moscow, Rostov, Samara, Vladimir, Volgograd, Voronezh, Kaliningrad and Karelia. In addition, at least 11 acts of vandalism likely to have been motivated by xenophobia have occurred in 2012 so far. The overall decline in the problem that these statistics show is likely to be the result of more effective law-enforcement work.

12-04-2012, 16:32
thats scary!!!!

12-04-2012, 16:43
Hate crime?

Not sure. Very probably guys haven't shared NGO (or other source) money...

12-04-2012, 17:02
Eitherway, very sad :(

12-04-2012, 17:43
You know what I do not understand? Why nobody cries about xenophobia when russian guys are being killed in the similar circumstances?

Anyway, any murders are scary

12-04-2012, 17:49
All murder is wicked. The idea of "hate crimes" is new, and philosophically bad. Many things may be done out of hate, or other motivation. But the trouble with "hate crimes" is that they shift the attention from the wicked deed to the motivation, which ought not to matter. The important thing is that wickedness was done. Whether it was drunkenness, a drug-induced fog, rage at having one's woman stolen or whatever is quite secondary and subjective.