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Russia skinheads knife five foreigners: police

Published on 19/09/2010

A savage knife attack by Russian skinheads near Moscow left five Tajiks in hospital, three of them in critical condition, police said Sunday.

The victims suffered multiple stab wounds in the attack overnight Friday in the town of Domodedovo, south of Moscow, near one of the city’s three airports.

“Witnesses say the five Tajiks were talking quietly in a street when a group of skinheads jumped them before running off,” a police official told the Interfax news agency.

Three of the injured were in intensive care in a serious condition, the source added.

All five of the victims were in Russia looking for work. Tajikistan, in Central Asia, is the poorest of the former Soviet republics.

Attacks on foreigners, often carried out by skinheads and sometimes fatal, are on the rise in Russia.

People from the former Soviet Central Asian republics and from Russia’s southern Caucasus republics, such as Chechnya and Dagestan, are often targetted.

But the attackers have also singled out Asians and Africans in general.