Hate crimes charges dropped in Russia


Prosecutors in a Russian town near Moscow dropped hate crimes charges against youths who attacked a Jewish school.


Police in Bryansk last December arrested one college student and three teenagers in connection with five separate attacks on a Jewish school during late October and throughout November.


The youths, who are members of a neo-Nazi gang, shattered all but one of the windows of the Ohr Avner Jewish school and also shouted anti-Semitic threats to students of the school.


Though investigators said the attacks were motivated by ethnic hatred, prosecutors ruled May 21 that the youths will only face charges of vandalism and hooliganism in a local court.

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