Friday, June 26, 2015

New Interactive Map Showing Location of Hate Crimes in Moscow Now Online

Paul Goble

            Staunton, June 25 – An interactive online map showing the location of hate crimes committed on an ethnic, racial or other basis in the Russian capital is now online. Prepared by the SOVA Analytic Center and the Civic Initiative Committee, it allows users to find out details about particular crimes and post additional information about them.

            Its creators hope the map, available at, will allow them to make contact with those who have suffered from such attacks and to provide them with medical or legal assistance (

            And the creators added that they hope that this map “’will not only attract the attention of society to hate crimes but heighten sensitivity to the subject of acts of force toward specific groups of citizens.’” Among these have been immigrants from Central Asia, people from the North Caucasus, and refugees and migrants from Africa, Asia and the Arab world.

            Other victims the location of whose crimes is shown on the map include Russians of “’non-Slavic appearance,’” homeless people, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans-sexuals, Roma, various youth groups, as well as “political activists primarily of leftist views.”

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