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Eleven Arrested For Racially-Motivated Murders In St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG -- Eleven suspects have been arrested in a series of killings and serious hate crimes in St. Petersburg, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor-General's Office, told journalists today that the men are between 17 and 23 years old.

Markin said they are suspected of having carried out ten murders and several attempted murders.

Investigators say the victims included a Ghanaian killed in December, as well as a number of homeless people, foreigners, and people of non-Slavic origin.