“Hate” Crimes Down In Russia As Kremlin Cracks Down On Nationalist Critics

MOSCOW — Researchers who track xenophobia in Russia have recorded an “impressive” decrease in hate crimes as the authorities appear to have stepped up pressure on far-right groups, in particular targeting nationalist critics of the Kremlin and its campaign in eastern Ukraine.

The Sova Center’s annual report, presented on February 19, said a flurry of criminal cases opened last year against ultranationalist groups — in particular opposition ones — coupled with deep divisions among nationalists over Russia’s role in war-torn Ukraine have splintered the nationalist underground.



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