Three Russians jailed for South Korean's murder

16th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced three youths to between 6.5 and 16 years in jail for the stabbing murder in Siberia of an exchange student from South Korea.

The February 2010 attack prompted the South Korean foreign ministry to issue a temporary travel advisory for Russia and summon the Moscow ambassador to Seoul for an explanation.

The 21-year-old student was attacked with his girlfriend while they were crossing a street in the Siberian city of Barnaul, which sits just north of Russia's border with Kazakhstan.

The three assailants -- whose ages ranged between 17 and 22 -- were all members of an illegal fascist organisation, the local Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The student was stabbed 13 times in the head and body while his girlfriend managed to escape with only minor injuries, the statement said.

Racist attacks against foreigners of non-European appearance occur regularly in Russia, although authorities say the numbers have been dropping amid a crackdown on extremist organisations.

© 2011 AFP

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