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Ukrainian Police Say Beating Was Not Racially Motivated

1 September 2005 -- Ukrainian police today said the recent beating of a Jewish student did not appear to be an anti-Semitic crime.

The attack on the student happened on 28 August near the synagogue at which the student studies. The attack left the student in a coma, and alarmed Ukrainian Jews, who noted that it was the second assault on a student from the school.

Deputy Interior Minister Henady Moskal today said three suspects were detained and initial investigations show the crime was not committed on anti-Semitic grounds.

Earlier, police said the suspects could face up to four years in jail if they are convicted on hooliganism charges.