Russian Skinheads

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  1. celticdb15

    celticdb15 Hall of Famer

    Jul 24, 2007
    AMerica is not the only ones having problems w\immigration issues,
    Have these guys takin it too far though?? Heres an interesting article from
    a russian newspaper.

    Violence and hatred in Russia's new skinhead playground

    Fascism is vilified in Russia after the sacrifices the nation endured to
    defeat Nazi Germany. But a racist skinhead culture is on the rise - and it
    is becoming increasingly vicious

    The Independent/January 25, 2005
    By Andrew Osborn

    Skinheads may be a British invention but when it comes to sheer
    numbers, levels of violence and hatred of foreigners a damning new
    report suggests Russia has become the bovver boys' blood-soaked new
    playground. It may be a country that vilifies fascism more than any other
    and arguably had to make the most appalling sacrifices to defeat Nazi
    Germany 60 years ago but this is where skinhead culture has taken hold
    like nowhere else.

    Driven by crushing poverty, a lingering sense of humiliation after the
    collapse of the Soviet Union and outrage over Chechen separatist terror
    attacks, Russia's skinheads are becoming increasingly organised,
    increasingly violent and increasingly numerous.

    A report claims Russia's youth is embracing the very ideology their
    grandparents fought against so implacably to the point where Russian
    skinheads, or britogolovy, now account for almost half the world's "skins".
    Adhering to a unique blend of neo-Nazi ideology and rabid Russian
    nationalism, Russian skinheads are among the most violent, and have
    staged a wave of savage attacks on non-Russians and children as young
    as five in the past year, leaving many of their bleeding victims to die

    Forty-four people were killed in racially motivated murders last year,
    more than double the previous year, human rights activists say, and in
    many cases the perpetrators were young, white, bomber jacket-clad
    skinheads shouting neo-Nazi or nationalist slogans. They rarely shoot
    their victims, preferring to stab them repeatedly or beat them to death
    with chains or knuckle-dusters. And the odds are always stacked in their
    favour because they hunt in packs of at least three and pick the most
    vulnerable targets. Their ranks seem only to swell, from about a dozen in
    the early 1990s to up to 60,000 today.

    The report, entitled How to quell the neo-Nazi setbacks in a country that
    defeated fascism, was produced by the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights
    and is among several recently that throw the spotlight on a dark
    underbelly of Russian society the authorities would have you believe
    barely exists.

    "Today in Russia there are 50,000 skinheads at the very minimum while in
    the rest of the world including America, Europe and other countries there
    are about 70,000," Semyen Charny, the report's author, says. The real
    number could be much higher, he adds, because neo-Nazi groups
    actively try to keep their organisations secret. If nothing is done to
    combat the skinhead menace, experts warn that their numbers could
    swell to 100,000 within a few years.

    With names such as "Blood and Honour", "Moscow Hammer Skin", "United
    Brigades 88" (H is the eighth letter in the alphabet. HH stands for Heil
    Hitler!), and "Skin Legion", there are estimated to be up to 10,000 in
    Moscow and perhaps 5,000 in St Petersburg.

    Their code is simple. They don't drink vodka (beer is the Aryan drink),
    they do not do drugs, they do not do petty crime (only murder and
    assault), they are supposed to have a good knowledge of Russian culture
    and to be able to hold their own in a 15-minute fight. Girls, known as
    "skin girls", are welcomed into their ranks and are often used to spot
    targets without attracting attention.

    But what unites them above all is a hatred of foreigners, in particular of
    anyone with dark features hailing from the Caucusus region of southern
    Russia or from Asia or Africa. The views of Semyon Tokmakov, a
    convicted skinhead who brutally attacked a black US Marine in Moscow
    seven years ago and still espouses skinhead rhetoric, is typical. "Why have
    they [foreigners] all come here?" he told Associated Press. "They bring
    nothing but drugs and Aids [and] every day they harass and steal our

    Nor do skinheads make any distinction between children and adults or
    the young and the old. In St Petersburg, a crucible of skinhead activity, a
    nine-year-old Tajik girl was murdered last year and her case was no
    exception. Hurshida Sultanova was stabbed to death in front of her father
    by a group of about 10 'skins.' She was knifed 11 times. When asked
    whether he felt sorry for the murdered Tajik girl, Tokmakov did not bat
    an eyelid. "When you kill cockroaches you don't feel sorry for them, do

    In recent years, experts say, the skinheads' methods have become far
    more brutal. "They now use screw drivers and knives and increasingly
    their attacks end in murder," Sergey Belikov, a specialist in "skins", told
    the weekly Argumenty i fakty publication. "Earlier, there was an unspoken
    rule to leave children and the old alone. That has been abandoned. The
    first wave of skinheads [in the early 1990s] could be called simple
    hooligans. Today's generation are professional killers."

    Many "skins" look up to Alexander Sukharevsky, the leader of the far-
    right National People's Party that has splintered into two groups of the
    same name. Party members favour the Nazi salute and wear black
    armbands featuring a Russian swastika-like cross.

    Sukharevsky preaches the politics of hate believing that the white race is
    under attack from a tide of undesirable non-white foreigners. He has
    admitted that his movement thrives on Russia's post-Soviet social
    problems. "They [recruits] come themselves," he has said. "They are like
    small moths; they are so defenceless, these skinheads, and are very

    "Nearly all of them are from poor families; they are a product of society's
    disease. We are forced to raise them like fathers and mothers do because
    nobody has ever raised them or taught them anything. They are the
    future of our country."

    Sukharevsky is also deeply anti-semitic. He openly laments that Hitler did
    not succeed in "liberating Russia from the yoke of Jews". Experts say
    wannabe skinheads are soaked in a culture where neo-Nazi and
    revisionist literature proliferates and white power music predominates.
    They favour greetings such as "Heil Hitler!" or "Hail Russia!" and their
    favourite battle cries include "Forward Russians!" and "Russia for the

    Although they are supposed to abstain from vodka, many of them do not,
    and enjoy beer too but since they do not really have any money to speak
    of they tend to hang about in each other's homes or in abandoned
    buildings and communal areas on the outskirts of Russia's big cities.
    Some crime analysts have claimed that they sometimes have links to, or
    are the same as, Russia's home-grown football hooligans, singling out
    Moscow's Spartak and TsKA teams as their favourites. Such a theory
    gained credence in 2002 when Russia went out of the World Cup at the
    hands of Japan, starting a riot in central Moscow with cars set alight,
    shops attacked and passers-by beaten.

    Many saw the hands of the skinheads behind what looked like a well
    planned riot. Some say Russia's skinhead problem is a product of
    society's general malaise. Alla Gerber, head of the Holocaust Fund, has
    said she believes the problem is getting out of control. "Society is sick
    with xenophobia. Like a cancer it is spreading through the country." She
    says surveys show 28 per cent of adult Russians want to bring back
    special settlements for Jews and 48 per cent are in favour of curbing the
    rights of national minorities.

    Alexander Brod, head of the Moscow Human Rights Bureau, believes
    almost two-thirds of the population share a similar ideology, that "Russia
    is for the Russians and all misfortunes stem from foreigners".

    April 20, Hitler's birthday, is always a time of increased tension in Russia
    since skinheads have promised to mark the occasion "by killing African or
    Asian people". The human rights group Sova said that last year alone,
    citizens from at least 24 different countries were attacked [on different
    dates] and that the method rarely varied.

    "As a rule, such crimes have common characteristics: the victims have a
    non-Slav appearance and will be attacked by a group of teenagers not
    usually numbering less than five. The victim will be kicked, beaten with
    baseball bats and if the attackers are fewer than five will usually be
    stabbed." Now the skinheads have become frighteningly well organised
    targeting human rights activists, lawyers and academics who oppose

    Last June they murdered Nikolai Girenko, one of the country's leading
    anti-skinhead experts, in an attack apparently designed to punish him for
    his work in helping convict young neo-Nazis. Mr Girenko had made some
    two dozen studies on neo-Nazi and skinhead groups for the authorities
    in Moscow and St Petersburg and frequently acted as a special adviser to
    the public prosecutor in St Petersburg in high-profile race-hate cases. He
    was shot through his flat door with a sawn-off shotgun.

    Mr Girenko was best known for his work in the trial of three youths
    accused of the racist murder of an Azerbaijani man in 2002. He was
    subject to many death threats and the communal entrance hall to his
    building was daubed with fascist and racist graffiti including, inevitably,
    the swastika. A shadowy far-right group called "Russian Republic"
    claimed responsibility for the murder.

    The toll of skinhead victims is staggering. Last October, a 20-year-old
    Vietnamese student, Vu Anh Tuan, was stabbed to death in St Petersburg,
    prompting fellow students to demonstrate against far-right violence. Last
    September, St Petersburg skinheads attacked Tajiks.

    Armed with knuckle-dusters and metal rods, 10 to 12 "skins" fell on a
    group of women and children described in the media as "Tajik Gypsies" at
    a main railway station. Five-year-old Nilufar Sangbaeva died on the spot
    and a six-year-old girl died of her injuries later. One attacker said they
    wanted "to cleanse our land of gypsies". They were sentenced to up to 10
    years in jail.

    This month, several high-profile Jews were attacked in Moscow, and a
    Jewish cemetery in St Petersburg was desecrated. Again this month, a
    man with Uzbek features was murdered in provincial Russia and a man
    from the Caucusus knifed to death in Moscow.

    Many skinheads say they resort to violence because they are bored. In
    Voronezh, a university town 300 miles south of Moscow which has an
    unusually high number of racist attacks, Amaro Antonio Limo, a 24-year-
    old medical student from Guinea Bissau, was stabbed to death last year.
    "We were bored so we decided to go down to Mir [Peace] street where
    there are many foreign hostels and kill a black," said one. "It didn't matter
    to us which country he came from."

    The Russian authorities say the skinhead problem is grossly exaggerated
    and all countries have similar elements but activists disagree. Russia's
    bovver-boy problem is, they say, a direct result of society's problems
    where unemployment is high, wages low and prospects for many young
    people grim. "When there are such economic and other hardships there
    are usually two ways of dealing with it," Mr Brod of Moscow's Human
    Rights Bureau says. "The first is to reflect, and the second is to look for an
    enemy and blame him for your problems. Unfortunately, Russia has
    chosen the second path."
  2. White Shogun

    White Shogun Hall of Famer

    Mar 2, 2005
    Are all the skinheads they interviewed for this article in jail?

    I'd be very surprised if there are as many skinheads as they claim, and furthermore I'd be very surprised if they are singling out and attacking women and children.

    If you ask me, it looks like the PC-diversity assault on the Russian white male is well under way.
  3. reclaimsocal

    reclaimsocal Guru

    Jan 5, 2005
    United States
    I've found that most of the skins I've encountered over the years are actually really cool people. However, in every group there are idiots, and I've run across a few of them as well. Beware of any propaganda that uses exceptions to defame the majority with a broad brush.

    Its the same principle they use to proclaim Black superiority in Athletics.
  4. whiteathlete33

    whiteathlete33 Hall of Famer

    Mar 18, 2007
    New Jersey
    Celtic is this a recent article? I could have sworn I read this article many months ago.
  5. celticdb15

    celticdb15 Hall of Famer

    Jul 24, 2007
    I think its 2 or 3 years old white athlete.
  6. PitBull

    PitBull Guru

    Oct 20, 2006
    You need to read this article with a grain of salt. To the globalist media, any
    white man who is a nationalist is described as a "nazi", which is ridiculous.

    Also, it tells you that Russia is indeed not controlled by the globalist crowd,
    and the citzens are attacking and driving out all the non-russians, ruining
    the globalist drive to overwhelm white nations with non-white immigration
    to weaken and destroy them.

    I doubt much of this article is factual at all.
  7. whiteathlete33

    whiteathlete33 Hall of Famer

    Mar 18, 2007
    New Jersey
    Yes, that is what I figured because I remember reading it a while back. They always try to down the whites as racists. What about the violent black gangs who single out whites as victims on a daily basis. Very limited media coverage.

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