Student Sentenced for Execution Clip

A student in the southern republic of Adygeya was convicted Wednesday and sentenced to one year in prison for posting a video purportedly showing the execution of two men on the Internet.

A court in Maikop, the republic's capital, handed down the sentence after Viktor Milkov was convicted for inciting ethnic hatred by posting the three-minute video on his Livejournal blog in August, Gazeta.ru reported.

The video appeared on ultranationalist web sites under the title "The Execution of a Tajik and a Dagestani" and showed the two dark-skinned men kneeling, bound and gagged in front of a Nazi flag.

The two men say, "Russian national-socialists have arrested us," before masked men appear to cut one man's head off and shoot the other at point-blank range.

Milkov was arrested Aug. 15 and admitted to posting the video, authorities said. He maintained that he received it as an email attachment from a stranger.

It was unclear whether authorities had made any progress in determining who made the video and, if it was authentic, who carried out the killings.