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St. Petersburg Prosecutors Probe Deadly Street Brawl


February 17, 2007 -- Prosecutors in the Russian city of St. Petersburg have opened a criminal investigation after one Uzbek national died and another was critically injured in an overnight street fight in the suburb of Pushkin, RFE/RL's Russian Service reported.


According to initial reports, the Uzbeks were stabbed repeatedly after becoming involved in a brawl with up to 20 drunken youths.


No motive has been established.


Police have detained several suspects.


(with material from Interfax)

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The skull of a male saiga antelope in Kalmykia. Saiga numbers have collapsed disastrously over the last decade. (shpilenok.com)

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