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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Student Charged Over Video

Prosecutors have charged a student with inciting ethnic hatred after he posted an execution video on the Internet.

The three-minute video, which appeared in August on several ultranationalist web sites, shows two men kneeling in the woods in front of a Nazi flag with their arms and legs bound and identified by a subtitle as "colonists from Tajikistan and Dagestan." One of the men is shown being beheaded, and the other is shot in the head.

The video ends with two men in black masks and camouflage clothing giving Nazi salutes.

Police in Maikop, the capital of the southern republic of Adygeya, detained a student on Aug. 15. The suspect, identified by Kommersant on Saturday as Viktor Milkov, 24, admitted to posting the video but maintained that he received it as an e-mail attachment from a stranger. Investigators have established that the e-mail came from a different region of the country.

Milkov, a self-described nationalist, was charged with inciting ethnic hatred, said Vasily Semyonov, the head of the Investigative Committee in the regional prosecutor's office.

If convicted, Milkov could face up to four years in prison. A court has ordered him to remain in Maikop.

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.

(MT, AP)