Incident Summary:

12/06/2008: On Saturday, two Tajik migrant workers were attacked by ten men after they left work at a food warehouse in the village of Zhatkino in Moscow, Moscow, Russia. The first victim, Salekh Azizov, was stabbed several times and then decapitated. The second victim escaped but was hospitalized with injuries. A group calling itself the Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists claimed responsibility by sending an email statement to two human rights organizations. The statement, which included a picture of the victims severed head, warned officials to stop the flow of immigration into Russia.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the village of Zhatkino in Moscow, Moscow, Russia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Two Tajik migrant workers
Nationality of Target Tajikistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Knives were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
EarthTime,"Russian Right-Wing Group Claims to Have Decapitated Tajik",,russian-right-wing-group-claims-to-have-decapitated-tajik--summary.html. (December 11, 2008).
Russia-Eurasia Terror Watch, "Head of Tadzhik Man Found in Western Moscow", 11, 2008).
Michael Schwirtz, "Killing of Migrant Worker in Moscow is Investigated as Hate Crime," International Herald Tribune, December 14, 2008,