Hate crimes kill 14, injure about 80 in Russia in 2014

Fourteen persons have died in hate crimes in Russia this year, a source in the Sova human rights center told Interfax on Tuesday.

Fourteen persons have died in hate crimes in Russia this year, a source in the Sova human rights center told Interfax on Tuesday.

"Fourteen people have died in racist violence and 77 have been injured since the beginning of 2014. Racist attacks have been perpetrated in 21 regions of Russia," the rights activists said.

According to Sova, vandals have attacked 31 religious sites in 21 Russian regions in 2014.

"At least 13 sentences were handed down to 31 individuals in eleven regions of the country this year on counts of racist violence," the activists noted.

The ultra-right mostly attack people with origins in Central Asia and the Caucasus, and representatives of youth sub-cultures and sexual minorities.

Sova reported previously that Moscow and St. Petersburg topped the xenophobia list of Russian cities in 2013. 20 people killed and at least 173 were injured in hate crimes last year, Sova said.

According to a Sova report, the number of hate attacks has been on the decline in Moscow. The police broke up the biggest and most aggressive ultra-right groups in the Moscow region in 2008-2009.

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