Immigrant murdered on Unity Day in St. Petersburg

5 November 2013 


Source: HRO.org (info)
Police in St. Petersburg are investigating the circumstances around the death of an immigrant from Central Asia, whose body was discovered on Monday afternoon by the metro station Rybatskoe. One version of the events claims that it was a murder motivated by racism.

According to Fontanka.ru, at around 15:30 on the 4th of November a foreigner was attacked near the metro station Rybatskoe.

Preliminary information indicates that the victim of the attack was an immigrant from Uzbekistan. The unknown assailants inflicting several knife wounds, and the man died from the injuries.

Police employees are currently continuing to examine CCTV footage installed in the area of the crime.

A source in the Investigative Committee told the publication that there is evidence the murder was racially motivated, as the CCTV footage shows the assailants were wearing clothes typical of nationalists.

Russia celebrated Unity Day on the 4th of November. In honour of the day an Orthodox religious procession took place in St. Petersburg, which authorities plan to make a tradition. According to information from the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region approximately 54,000 people took part in the religious celebration.

In the northern capital about a thousand nationalists also gathered together for the so-called “Russian March”. The event itself was incident free, however afterwards several mass brawls broke out in various parts of the city. In particular workers were attacked at a market on Udelnaya, and furthermore police forces were called to the site of a large scale brawl at No. 9, Lesny Prospekt.

According to official information from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 54 people were arrested after the “Russian March” for various crimes. According to unofficial information from Fontanka.ru, approximately 80 people were arrested.

Translated by Chloe Cranston
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