The first-ever trial in Russia on charges of ethnically
motivated murder began in Voronezh on 12 August, Interfax reported, citing
Voronezh Oblast Judge Nikolai Nikolaenko.
Three local men aged 16 to 22 are charged with the 21 February murder
of Amar Lima, an African student. Two of the three are believed to be
members of the nationalist organization Russian National Unity, which
has long been particularly active in Voronezh Oblast.
An unnamed source at the oblast prosecutor's office told the news agency
that "racist literature" was found during searches of the residences
of the three suspects. If convicted, the three men could be sentenced
to life in prison.