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A Massacre Shows Power of Gangs in Rural Russia

A Massacre Shows Power of Gangs in Rural Russia By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ Published: December 11, 2010 KUSHCHEVSKAYA, Russia — The flowers outside the Ametov family’s house in this small farm town have wilted, but two jumpy police officers standing sentry by the wrought-iron gate offer fresh testimony to the horror of what occurred inside. Twelve people, including four children, were killed at a holiday gathering here last month. Almost all of them were stabbed or strangled and then set on fire. The community’s distress at the brutality was compounded when investigators said that the suspects in the killings were members of a local gang that had sown terror here, unchecked, for years and, worse, had forged close relationships with the local government. Some of the suspects were even current or former elected officials.

As a result of the killings, Kushchevskaya has become a symbol of the epidemic of lawlessness in provincial Russia, a problem rooted in the collusion of ……………… READ MORE…….

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/world/europe/12russia.html?ref=world

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