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Russian students protest against the killing of Lamzar Samba and other rascist attacks (file photo) (RFE/RL)
May 22, 2006 -- Police in the Russian city of St. Petersburg have detained five suspects over the killing of a Senegalese student in the city last month.
Two of the detainees are reportedly university students. Police reportedly found extremist literature in the suspects' homes during searches.
Meanwhile, a national of Equador was hospitalized after he was beaten up over the weekend.
Russia has recently seen an increasing number of apparently racist attacks on foreigners.
One suspect in several such attacks was killed last week by police when he allegedly resisted arrest. Media reports said Dmitry Borovikov was also suspected of involvement in the killing of the Senegalese student, Lamzar Samba.
(Interfax, ITAR-TASS, Moscow Times)
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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