A Love of Hatred

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Friday, May 3, 2002
A recent wave of hate crimes in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia are prompting concerns that violent ultra-nationalism and anti-semitism are on the rise. Moscow media has been intensively reporting on the activity of Russian skinheads, particularly around 20 April — the birthday of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Foreign embassies in the Russian capital received e-mail messages threatening to kill foreigners to commemorate the anniversary, and several recent attacks lent credence to the warning.

An Afghan interpreter died after being beaten by a group of skinheads on 15 April, The...