Racist Attacks in Russia

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An Indian student at St. Petersburg’s Mechnikov Medical Academy has been seriously injured in what appears to be a racially-motivated attack.

The student, who has requested his name not be revealed (to save his parents some anxiety), was beaten by a group of Russian youths while on the way to his dorm last night.

Yesterday’s attack comes just three months after Nitish Kumar, a sixth year student at the same medical school, was stabbed to death.

In an unrelated assault that also took place yesterday, a group of unidentified Russian assailants attacked three Koreans in the port town of Vladivostok, killing one man.

The growing number of hate crimes–directed primarily toward Asian and African nationals–has become a real issue for the post-communism nation.

December 11, 2006
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