A neo-Nazi pictured at a rally in October 2009. Photo by Reuters
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A Russian court has handed down sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison to 12 members of the country's most vicious neo-Nazi gang, convicted of 27 hate killings, attempted murders and plotting to blow up a power station.

The Moscow City Court on Monday sentenced five member of the group, the National Socialist Society North, to life, giving another seven members between 10 and 23 years. One was handed an eight-year suspended sentence.

The defendants were men mostly in their 20s and one woman, and most had pleaded partially guilty.

The court found that between 2007 and 2008, the gang hunted mostly darker-skinned labor migrants from Russia's Caucasus region and Central Asia, as well as Africans and South East Asians.

The gang is estimated to have hundreds of members nationwide.