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Teenage racists jailed in Russia

A woman walks past graffiti reading "We love you!" with a swastika mocking migrants
Russia has been plagued by racist attacks in recent years

A gang of 10 racist youths has been sent to jail for a string of brutal attacks on foreigners in the Russian capital, Moscow, in 2008.

Terms of between eight and 10 years were handed down to the teenage ringleaders, including a 17-year-old girl, Yevgenia Zhikhareva.

Several younger members of the gang got lighter sentences because of their age.

The gang was accused of attacking foreigners at random on the streets of Moscow. One was killed.

The victims were from China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. They were attacked in February and March 2008.

The gang members were accused of four attempted murders and one actual murder.

The dead man was an 18-year-old from Kyrgyzstan. He was stabbed eight times by Ilya Shutko, 19, who was jailed for 10 years.

Human rights groups have documented increasing numbers of attacks on foreigners in Russia, especially in and around Moscow.

A group of skinheads was jailed for up to 20 years last year after killing 18 foreigners in Moscow in little more than a year.



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