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Deadly Scuffle Leads To Anti-Chechen Protest In Central Russia

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July 09, 2013
Tensions remain high in the town of Pugachyov in Russia's Saratov region as hundreds of people scuffle with police in the town square. The root of the unrest is the weekend stabbing death of former Russian paratrooper Ruslan Marzhanov, allegedly by an ethnic Chechen teenager. Following Marzhanov's funeral on July 7, hundreds of residents have poured into the streets daily to call for the expulsion of ethnic Chechens and other North Caucausus natives. According to local media reports, about 50 people temporarily blocked the highway from Volgograd to Samara on July 8. (Reuters)
By RFE/RL's Russian Service
PUGACHYOV, Russia -- About 600 residents of the town of Pugachyov in Saratov Oblast of Russia's Volga region have taken part in a protest and demanded that people native to the North Caucasus be forced out of the region.

The July 8 protest was prompted by a deadly scuffle in a cafe in which a Chechen teenager stabbed and killed a former paratrooper, Ruslan Marzhanov.

The situation in the town has been tense since the incident occurred on July 6.

The deputy governor of Saratov Oblast, Denis Fadeyev, traveled to Pugachyov and regional authorities have sent additional police forces.

Law enforcement officials have set up checkpoints on all roads leading to the town.

Protesters said on July 8 that they plan to block one of the main regional highways if North Caucasus natives remain in the town.

With reporting by Vzglyad-Info and ITAR-TASS

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