Skinheads face trial in Yekaterinburg
The Russian Investigative Committee announced on Wednesday that it had completed its investigations into the attacks, and that its reports have been sent to a local court for use in the trial, RFERL.org reports.
The three so-called skinheads are responsible for the stabbing of two Tajik nationals, as well as an attempt to burn a third Tajik national alive. The string of attacks occurred in 2010 and 2011. All of the victims survived the attacks.
The three assailants were arrested on charges of premeditated assault, hooliganism, and racial and ethnic hatred, according to RFERL.org.
Russia has seen a surge in violence against immigrant workers from Central Asia in recent years. In 2010, a group of nine youths was charged with the killings of 11 migrant workers in the Moscow region. The leader of the skinhead group was given 23 years in prison, while the other eight defendants were each given nine years, the maximum prison term allowed in Russia for underage criminals.
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