Anti-Fascist Youth Activist Killed In Moscow
5:12pm UK, Tuesday November 17, 2009
Kat Higgins, Sky News Online
A member of an anti-fascist youth group in Russia has been shot dead in Moscow, according to investigators.
Violent clashes between activists have become more common in Russia's capital
The young man died from head wounds after being shot during a clash with ultra-nationalists in eastern Moscow on Monday evening.
It is reported that he was the informal leader of a committee called Collective Action and is the sixth anti-fascist to be killed in the capital since 2006.
A spokeswoman from the committee identified the victim as 26-year-old Ivan Khutorskoy during an interview with a Moscow-based radio station.
Mr Khutorskoy's role in the group included organising security at anti-fascist rock concerts and he also ran free-style fighting tournaments.
He was nicknamed "Bonebreaker" and had reportedly taken part in street battles with Russian nationalists.
This was not the first time Mr Khutorskoy had been attacked by nationalists.
It is thought he had survived attacks involving a knife, a baseball bat and a screwdriver on three previous occasions.
Fascist gangs have become a growing problem in Russia in recent years and as a result anti-fascist youth groups have raised their profiles.
The fascist gangs typically target non-Slavic migrants and people they perceive as anti-Russian.
Confrontations in Moscow have become increasingly common and violent.
Experts have linked the killing to the arrests earlier this month of two nationalists suspected of the high-profile shooting of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova in January.