It has been reported that at least 20 people have been injured. However, the incident has come to a close after the shooter shot himself rather than be arrested by the police. Videos posted online showed the shooter lying in a pool of blood wearing a t-shirt with Neo-Nazi markings.
There is a sense of irony attached to Neo-Nazi Russians, especially considering the Soviet Union fought Nazi Germany during World War II, leading to the death of 25 million of Soviet citizens by the end of the war.
Here are three killings by Russians who supported Neo-Nazi ideology.
The 2007 murder of Shamil Odamanov
Two men were killed and their murder videotaped and broadcast online by members of the Neo-Nazi group Format18. While one of the men had their head hacked off, the other was shot in the head. Shortly after, the video went viral. In 2015, a film student shot a documentary about the video and openly named three perpetrators for the murders of the two men. In 2020, one of the men was found dead in his cell having committed suicide. He had previously been arrested in a separate case. By 2021, the Investigative Committee brought up charges of double murder against one of the accomplices in the case. The investigation is ongoing.
Murder of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova
Lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were murdered by two Neo-Nazis, Nikita Tikhonov and Yevgenia Khasis in 2009.
The deceased lawyer and journalist were known to be strongly against ultranationalist violence and were shot dead in broad daylight in 2009. Their killings had sparked accusations directed towards the Kremlin, accusing it of not doing enough to bring the attackers to justice.
2017 Federal Security Service attack
A 17-year-old boy named A.V. Konev burst into a Federal Security Service building in Khabarovsk in 2017 and opened fire, killing an FSB employee and another individual before being killed in the resulting shootout.
it was later reported that he allegedly had ties to a local Neo-Nazi organisation called Shcul’ts. Although a clear motive was never established, some reports pegged him as a radical Islamist since the Islamic State did claim responsibility for the attack, while others alleged that he was part of a group called the “Russian Insurgent Army” which sought to fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule.