Moscow police arrest neo-Nazi woman for race-hate murder

Moscow police said on Friday they have arrested a female skinhead accused of committing a race-hate murder four years ago.

According to investigators, Darya Tikhanova, a member of a radical neo-Nazi movement, took part in an attack on two Dagestani men on a commuter train in the Moscow suburbs in June 2007.

Tikhanova, 21, hit one of the men on the head with an empty glass bottle, while six other skinheads knifed the victims.

One of the Dagestani men died at the scene but the second survived the attack.

Tikhanova, who was arrested on Wednesday after more than three years on the run, faces life in prison if convicted.

Racially motivated crimes have become a problem in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Routine attacks by skinheads and gangs of youths on foreigners and people with non-Slavic features are a regular occurrence in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as the city of Voronezh, which hosts many foreign university students, particularly from Africa.

MOSCOW, June 3 (RIA Novosti)

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