Russian neo-Nazi racist groups aping jihadi tactics to incite holy racial war

December 19th, 2008 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 19 (ANI): A leading human rights organisation in Russia has said that racist groups in the country are becoming more radicalised.

Sova, a hate-crime monitoring centre, has said that neo-Nazi gangs are now borrowing tactics from Islamic extremists as they try to incite a holy racial war.

Two migrant workers have been beheaded in al Qaeda style in the last 18 months. The most recent victim was Salakhetdin Azizov, Sky News reported.

The 20-year-old market worker from Tajikistan was attacked as he walked home across a stretch of wasteland in south Moscow.

He was stabbed several times. His body was then dragged into nearby woodland where he was decapitated.

Authorities were alerted to the murder after an e-mail was sent to Sova. It contained a photograph of the severed head. The group claiming responsibility, the Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists, also made a number of political demands.

It warned officials that they would also be attacked if draconian immigration laws were not introduced. The beheading, though, seems to be part of a disturbing new trend.

Last year, a group of Russian neo-Nazis kidnapped and murdered two migrant workers. They filmed their brutality and posted it on the Internet.

Racist murders are not unusual in Russia but these attacks stand out, not only for their sheer cruelty but also because of the groups strong political messages.

Sova says there have been more than 80 racist murders in Russia this year alone. The problem is getting worse as ethnic minorities, particularly from Central Asia, flock to Russia to escape the poverty of their homelands. (ANI)

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