Kapetanissa Sarika (Sara Yeshua), partisan leader of the women’s platoon of the Greek People’s Liberation Army’s 7th division, posing with fellow EAM fighters and a revolver, October 1944.
Born in the Jewish quarter of Chalkida in 1927, Sara Yeshua belongs to the emblematic figures of the resistance. Before she turned 15, Sara assisted the wounded at the city’s military hospital as a volunteer nurse. From the beginning of the German occupation (October 1943), she got involved with Greece’s National Liberation Front, took her mother and left Chalkida for Steni.
To guard against German incursions against the Jews who had fled to the mountains, the resistance dispersed the Jews in various villages (Paliouras, Theologos, Stropones, Vasiliko) and later organised an escape network by boat to Turkey from Tsakei beach. Sara was well regarded by her fellow resistance fighters as a passionate speaker advocating for armed struggle against the occupation forces, particularly among young women. At 17, after the horrific murder of Mendi Moschovitz by the Security Battalions in Stropones (4 March 1944) and the burning of Kourkouloi, she formed an independent female resistance group that fought and gathered intelligence. Armed with Molotov cocktails, they attacked outlying sites to draw the Germans away from the main target, and aided in the capture of collaborators. By the end of the war, she was legendary among the partisans of Evia, Greece, as “Kapetanissa Sarika” (Partisan Leader Sara).
Between 2009 and 2010, a group of St Petersburg neo-Nazis murdered ten people and attempted to kill another five. The sadistic group, NS/WP, which stands for National Socialism/White Power, targeted both homeless people and immigrants. The members ranged from 17-years-old to 24-years-old.
In December of 2009, the group recorded themselves killing Carlos Mendy, a student from Guinea-Biassau. They uploaded the gruesome footage online in a video titled “New Year - New Terror.” The group were eventually identified and tracked down due to this disturbing video. Additionally, they murdered two homeless women by setting the abandoned car they were sleeping in alight and they stabbed an Iraqi student to death on a tram. Furthermore, the group frequently made low-power bombs - none of which were particularly effective.
All members received varying sentences depending on the severity of their contribution to the crimes. German Vengerveld was sentenced to 24 years. Vladimir Mumzhiev was sentenced to 16 years. Valentin Mumzhiev was sentenced to 14 years, as was Artyom Zavyalov.