More than 100 people were hurt in racially motivated attacks in Russia this year

More than 100 people were hurt in Russia this year in racially motivated attacks, the Sova human rights center told Interfax on Wednesday.

"Ten people died and 109 were wounded in racial violence this year," Sova said.

Sova reported five deaths and no less than 77 injured persons in July.

"The indicators grew after information, including that on homeless people, was updated. In our opinion, those murders were caused by ethnic hatred," Sova's Natalia Yudina told Interfax.

Aggressive xenophobia incidents happened in 19 regions of Russia, primarily in the Moscow region (two dead, 52 wounded), St. Petersburg (one dead, 18 wounded), and Bashkortostan (eleven wounded), human rights defenders said.

"Most of the victims are members of youth and informal groups (44 beaten), Central Asians (two dead, 19 injured), dark-colored people (16 beaten), Jehovah's Witnesses (seven injured) and natives of the Caucasus (two dead, three injured)," Sova said.

Earlier it posted a report saying that the number of xenophobic attacks in Moscow had declined. The report said that the police liquidated the biggest and most aggressive ultra-right groups in the Moscow region in 2008-2009.

The U.S. Department of States' annual human rights report 2011 declared xenophobia problems in Russia.

Sova is the leading Russian non-governmental organization monitoring xenophobia.

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