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Racist graffiti in St. Petersburg, which has seen a number of attacks recently (AFP)
April 5, 2006 -- Russian police today said a Tajik man and Kazakh youth have been severely beaten in separate attacks in Siberia.
Police say the Tajik man was attacked on April 1 in the city of Krasnoyarsk. They say around 20 youths dragged the man outside of a cafe where he worked and beat him. The man was hospitalized in serious condition.
The Kazakh youth, meanwhile, was beaten by a group of young people in the city of Surgut on April 2. He was hospitalized with a concussion, a broken nose, and broken teeth.
Russia has seen a recent rise in racist attacks. Last month, seven Russian youths were jailed over the stabbing death of a 9-year-old Tajik girl in St. Petersburg.
(AP, news.ru, ITAR-TASS, Interfax)
Yusuf Sultonov, whose 9-year-old daughter was beaten and stabbed to death in St. Petersburg on February 9, 2004 (TASS)
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