[For Dion] Family identifies son in Russian beheading video

    Dion, December 12, 2007: “As I stated on the Bombshell forum Andy, you are a liar, a hypocrite and no better than the trash that you fight against.”

In August last year, media reported that a video titled “Execution of a Tajik and a Dagestani” had become available for viewing online. The three-minute video showed the murder of two young men, conducted, apparently, by a Russian neo-Nazi group. Subsequently, in October 2007, a person allegedly responsible for uploading the video to one fascist site, Viktor Milkov, was arrested and charged with being naughty. Convicted, he received a slap on the wrist. Milkov wasn’t the only person to have published the video, and it was circulated (including on Stormfront Down Under) and remains in circulation on numerous Russian and international neo-Nazi websites. Beyond this, the political impact of the footage — aside from a few embarrassed *coughs* by Russian authorities — has been fairly limited, existing, as it does, in a sea of similarly grotesque violence. If anything, it’s merely re-confirmed the ability of the far right in Russia to get away with murder, to film it, and to circulate it among a largely appreciative audience internationally.

By way of context, for several years Russian neo-Nazis have been butchering their enemies — principally dark-skinned Russians, those from neighbouring territories, and anarchists/antifa — with relative impunity; a trend which is increasing. Further, given generalised xenophobia on the part of the Russian population as a whole, they’ve done so with relatively little opposition. Crucially, however, their violent repression has taken place with the implicit support of the Russian state. Thus, as is becoming increasingly widely acknowledged, even by the Western media, perpetrators of fascist violence usually escape capture, and when prosecuted, receive relatively light sentences, their crimes often described as mere ‘hooliganism’. The apparent decision by one group of neo-Nazis to video their murderous crime and to broadcast it online represents a relatively (although not entirely; other assaults resulting in death have been broadcast previously) new development. The sentencing of the murderers of Timur Kacharava, on the other hand, does not.

    Above : Damien Ovchynik of Bail Up!, performing at the 2006 Ian Stuart Donaldson gig at The Birmingham Hotel, Cnr. Johnston & Smith Streets, Fitzroy; Bail Up! will also be performing at this year’s mid Winter Fest in Adelaide

Family identifies son in Russian beheading video
Michael Schwirtz
International Herald Tribune
June 9, 2008

MOSCOW: Shamil Odamanov used to call his parents almost daily from Moscow, where he worked as a laborer after moving from his village in Russia’s North Caucasus region in search of a better job. Then, a little more than a year ago, the phone calls stopped.

Now, to the family’s horror, they think they know why. They have identified Odamanov, 24, as the man beheaded in a video of a double execution apparently carried out by members of a Russian neo-Nazi group last year.

“It’s not only that he’s similar – it is him, period,” Umakhan Odamanov, Shamil Odamanov’s father, said by telephone from his home in Dagestan, a Russian republic in the North Caucasus. Investigators have said that Odamanov is likely one of the two victims in the video, dark-skinned men who appear kneeling below a Nazi flag before they are killed.

Though initially considered a fake, the video, which originally appeared on Russian ultranationalist Web sites in August, spread quickly on the Internet and was shown in edited versions on national television. It shoved the problem of race-related violence into the foreground of national discourse, if only for a short time.

The police are investigating several individuals, some from nationalist groups, in connection with the killings, but no suspects have officially been identified, Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General’s Office, said in an interview.

In February, a court found Viktor Milkov, a student from Adygei, in southern Russia, guilty of helping circulate the video and sentenced him to a year in prison. He claims that an unknown person e-mailed him the video.

The police have not yet found the victims’ bodies, Markin said, nor have they identified where exactly the murders took place.

Attacks against nonwhites in Russia have steadily increased over the last several years, as more and more immigrants from abroad or from Russia’s poorer ethnic enclaves move into large urban centers in search of work.

Odamanov was among them. He left his home village, Sultanyangiyurt in Dagestan, about two years ago and moved to Moscow to look for a job “and possibly a bride,” his father said.

In his regular calls home, he frequently complained about run-ins with boneheads, who stalk their dark-skinned victims in the low-income residential areas around Moscow.

In late March 2007, Odamanov called “to wish me a happy birthday,” his father said. “That was the last time I heard from him.” The next time he saw his son was in the video. He was tied up, kneeling next to another man and wearing the black Adidas jacket and shirt given to him by his brother, Artur, Umakhan Odamanov said.

Set against a soundtrack of heavy metal music, the video opens with the title “Operation of the National-Socialist Party of Russia to Arrest and Execute Two Colonists From Dagestan and Tajikistan.” There are shots of the countryside that investigators believe is somewhere in the Kaluzhskaya region, about 75 kilometers, or 120 miles, southwest of Moscow.

“We were arrested by National-Socialists,” the two bound men mumble through their gags.

In the next scene, one of the captors, wearing camouflage and heavy black gloves, yells, “Glory to Russia!” then plunges what looks like a large knife into the neck of the man thought to be Odamanov. He is decapitated in seconds [sic].

Then the second man, whom the police have not identified, is shot in the head and crumples face-first into a shallow grave. In the final scene, two men in camouflage, wearing black masks, give Nazi salutes.

There were about 600 reported racist attacks and about 80 murders recorded in Russia in 2007, according to the Sova Center, an organization that monitors hate crimes in Russia. The number of attacks this year reached 232 as of June 1, 57 of which were murders.

Human rights groups have often accused officials of ignoring the problem of racist violence in Russia, although in Moscow, at least, a recent spike in murders of dark-skinned people has prompted a noticeable response among law enforcement agencies.

“Moscow prosecutors have definitely started to more actively engage this problem beginning from last year,” said Aleksandr Verkhovsky, director of the Sova Center.

The Interior Ministry announced last week that this year the police had arrested more than 50 people thought to be involved in xenophobic attacks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the two cities with the highest levels of racist violence.

Still, the number of attacks nationwide continues to grow steadily by about 15 to 20 percent each year, as it has for about the past five years, Verkhovsky said. Moreover, he said, the percentage of murders is growing as teenagers involved in violent nationalist groups grow into adults.

“They simply take their affairs more seriously,” he said.

See also : SOVA Center for Information and Analysis // UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union // Сообщество антифашистов. Antifa.ru (Антифа.ру)

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2021 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
This entry was posted in Anti-fascism, Media. Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to [For Dion] Family identifies son in Russian beheading video

  1. Dean T says:

    So the boneheads are gaining a foothold in Russia now? …Not surprising really; since the revisionist communists gave control of the country to the Russian bourgeoisie, the far right has been steadily growing in power and influence. Note the recent memorials in the former USSR, specifically in the Ukraine and Latvia; giving recognition to the fascist supporters during WW2. No group would have dared to honour the fascists while the commies were in power. Due to all the sheep bleating about “individual freedoms are a human right” …Now the citizens in the former USSR have ‘freedom’, freedom to be poor and homeless, freedom to have to emigrate to other countries to earn a pittance, freedom of the Nazi scum to beat, rape and murder anyone they deem deserving, freedom to the rich bloodsuckers to steal all the formerly public utilities, freedom of the mob to oppress and exploit the working class.
    Fuck freedom, I’d rather be safe and secure and not hungry or cold…
    Collective freedom is what they had, and the silly fools were blinded into thinking that individual freedom was better! …poor sods.

  2. vents says:

    Fuck, just watched this finally. Well, part of it, kind of skimmed over the actual beheading. This is one of only a few things I can say I have seen on the Internet that is really, really truly horrible and just totally fucked. Almost kind of surreal.

  3. @ndy says:

    Speaking of neo-Nazi mental cases, poor old Count Grishnackh has been denied parole for the third time…

    Too dangerous for parole
    Aftenposten
    June 11, 2008

    Convicted murderer Varg Vikernes is too dangerous to be released into society, according to justice officials. Government critics fear that his background as an ideologically motivated church-burning arsonist, and his connections with neo-Nazi groups, are making it impossible for him to get a fair parole hearing.

    Vikernes is serving a 21-year sentence, the maximum that Norwegian law allows, for murder and setting fire to three churches in 1993. Having spent the last 15 years behind bars and after serving two thirds of his prison time, he has become eligible to apply for parole.

    Case workers at the Justice Ministry fear that Vikernes will be unable to adjust to life on the outside after his years in jail. They have turned down his application.

    “I can’t understand it. They want me to make arrangements with social services, even though this is unnecessary. Must I be on welfare in order to be released? I have a house, a job and a family waiting for me,” Vikernes told daily newspaper VG.

    The authorities emphasize that Vikernes escaped from prison in 2003 and that he has ties to neo-Nazi groups.

    “I haven’t been in contact with them for a long time. Police security services know this,” Vikernes responded.

    Parole authorities refuse to comment on the reasons for rejecting his application, referring to the confidentiality that surrounds such hearings.

    “The authorities are worried that they might be considered to be soft on unpopular convicts,” says a professor of criminology at the University of Oslo, Kristian Andenæs, when criticizing the verdict.

    Aftenposten English Web Desk / NTB

    TRUE NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL PETER BESTE (VICE)
    Miles Raymer
    Chicago Reader
    May 22, 2008

  4. vents says:

    i heard one of those casio keyboard, “sounds of the forest” albums he did in prison. it was bad.

  5. Lumpen says:

    In October 2003, Vikernes failed to return to his low-security prison in Tønsberg, Norway, after having been granted a short leave. Vikernes was found riding in a stolen Volvo car, which contained an unloaded AG3 automatic rifle, a handgun, numerous large knives, a gas mask, camouflage clothing, a laptop, a compass, a Global Positioning System, various maps and a fake passport (it is thought that Vikernes came to be in possession of this equipment by means of a military barracks). For this thirteen months were added to his sentence, and he was then moved to a maximum-security prison in Trondheim. He has since been moved again, this time to Tromsø Prison.

    –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varg_Vikernes

    Holy shit.

  6. @ndy says:

    Angry young man.

  7. Liam says:

    “a Global Positioning System”

    Lol, when he was supposed to be on the run haha.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.