Friday, November 17, 2017

Man sentenced to 9.5 years in prison for hate crimes

A Yekaterinburg court sentenced a man to 9.5 years in prison this week after he was found guilty of committing race-hate crimes,

Alexander Solovyov was found guilty of 21 attacks on people of non-Slavic appearance. Nine such attacks were connected with murders and attempted murder, RIA Novosti reports.

Investigators said that the crimes were committed when Solovyov was 17-years-old.

Alexander Minin, who was Solovyov's accomplice, was sentenced to two years probation. Minin did not participate in the murders.

Both suspects were members of the so-called Volksstrumm group, which was set up by a gang of adolescents in 2006. The group attacked non-Slavic-looking people while armed with knives, brass knuckles, glass bottles, metallic chains and sticks. They filmed the attacks and later uploaded them to the internet, RIA Novosti reports.

Four other members of Volksstrumm were sentenced to prison terms in 2011. One of the leaders received a 13-year prison sentence.