Neo-Nazi gang sentenced in Moscow
Three more suspects were acquitted by the jury. The prosecution also failed to prove the charges of five more murders and one attempted murder brought against the gang members.
The court’s statement says the convicts had been motivated in their crimes by their belief that Slavs were a superior race, fueling sympathy for ideas of racial purity.
The gang, headed by 18-year-old Aleksey Dzhavakhishvili, has been targeting immigrants from Central Asia since 2007. The killing spree was stopped when police arrested the neo-Nazis in January 2009.