Nationalists to commemorate victims of ethnic crime

Nationalists will mark the Day of Remembrance of Ethnic Crime Victims in two dozen Russian cities on Sunday.

"The Moscow authorities have permitted a picket of 100 people. The action will include a minute of silence," Russian Nationalists Union leader Dmitry Demushkin told Interfax.

The action will take place on Krasnopresnenskaya Zastava Square near the Ulitsa 1905 Goda metro station, and the picket participants will carry signs with photographs of "ethnic crime victims", he said.

"After holding the picket and the minute of silence, the participants will split into groups for laying flowers on the ethnic crime scenes," Demushkin said.

In his words, the right-radicals will call for "order in migration and on the labor market, elimination of monopoly of ethnic groups, deportation of all the illegal migrants and introduction of visas for Central Asian countries."

There will be similar actions in 20 Russian cities on Sunday, as Demushkin said.

Right-radical organizations mark the Day of Remembrance of Ethnic Crime Victims on Oct. 1. The Russian March organizing committee established the day in 2008 after a 15-year-old Moscow schoolgirl was raped and murdered by a Central Asian migrant.

Anna Beshnova, 15, was found smothered in the backyard of a house in western Moscow on Oct. 1, 2008. A citizen of Uzbekistan was found guilty of the crime. He was sentenced to 23 years in a high-security prison at first, but the Supreme Court cut his sentence by one year later on.

Soccer fan Yuri Volkov, 23, was stabbed to death in a brawl on Chistuprudny Boulevard early in the morning of July 10, 2010. Two residents of Grozny were sentenced to 17 and 6 years in prison for killing him. The Supreme Court cut their sentences to 16 years and 10 months and 5 years and 3 months later on.

Muscovite Yegor Sviridov, 28, died after a fight between North Caucasians and Spartak Moscow soccer team fans on Kronshtadsky Boulevard on Dec. 6, 2010. A native of Kabardino-Balkaria was named the killer. He shot the young man from a non-lethal gun. The court sentenced him to 20 years in a high-security prison.

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