rferl.org: Russia - Racist Attacks Put Spotlight On Nationalist Youths


A court in the Russian city of Voronezh today sentenced the chief suspect in the murder of a Peruvian student last year to 16 years in prison. He and 11 other defendants who were handed prison terms of up to five years were all members of a nationalist group called "White Guard." [...] Yury Belyayev, a former police officer, heads a leading neo-Nazi youth group in St. Petersburg. His group's website has welcomed recent attacks and killings of foreigners in St. Petersburg under a section titled "The City Cleanup Continues." Like most nationalist groups, his movement relies heavily on the Internet to coordinate its operations, maintain contact with members across the country, and draw new recruits.