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Armenians Protest Against Killings In Russia


http://gdb.rferl.org/17F150BD-C068-4B28-B793-1FC0435D7240_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/17F150BD-C068-4B28-B793-1FC0435D7240_mw800_mh600.jpg A memorial in the Moscow metro to an Armenian who was murdered there in April (file photo) (epa) June 5, 2006 -- Around 100 people demonstrated today outside the Russian Embassy in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, against what they call the racially motivated killings of Armenians in Moscow.


The Armenian Helsinki Committee, which led the protest, handed over a message addressed to the Russian ambassador in which it stated that racist groups are acting "under the protection of Russian state structures."


Activists say six people of Armenian origin have been killed in Russia this year.


(AFP)

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