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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

 

Attacks on foreigners in Russia increase

From Mosnews.com:

With attacks on foreign nationals on the rise across the country, Russian racists are planning to use firearms against them, targeting mainly illegal migrants, human rights activists said Monday.

A network of clandestine cells and mobile combat groups with well-organized communication systems is being created, the Sova human rights center told the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

Russia has a growing, occasionally violent far-right nationalist movement, whose members normally target dark-skinned people from the Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa.

Earlier this month fresh attacks on foreigners in St. Petersburg forced 15 students from Arab countries to drop out of local universities and go home. Foreign students are leaving Russia fearing for their safety and it is no longer a safe place to live, the foreign students complained.

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