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Uzbek Migrant Found Dead In Moscow

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An Uzbek labor migrant has been found dead in Moscow.

Police in the Russian capital said on January 6 that the body of an Uzbek national was found with at least two gunshot wounds in the offices of the scrap-metal company where he worked.

His name was not released.

A 31-year-old man from Russia's Republic of Udmurtia and a 38-year-old man from Russia's Komi Republic have been detained as suspects.

Their names were also not released.

Attacks against labor migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus occur regularly in Moscow.

The Russian capital was hit by major antimigrant protests in October after a Russian man was stabbed to death, allegedly by a migrant worker from the Caucasus.

Several Central Asian labor migrants were killed in Moscow and St. Petersburg following that incident.

Meanwhile, in related news, a Moscow-based think tank monitoring xenophobia and extremism says ethnically motivated attacks remained relatively stable in the country in 2013.

According to the latest report by the Sova Center for Information and Analysis, 20 people were killed and dozens injured in ethnically motivated attacks across Russia's 32 regions last year.

The deadliest attacks occurred in Moscow, where eight people were killed and 53 injured by suspected ultranationalists.

Three people from the Caucasus and Central Asia were killed and 32 injured in Russia's second-largest city, St. Petersburg.

The report also said that attacks against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community members are on the rise in Russia.

Sova said that 18 people had been killed and 171 injured across Russia in ethnically motivated assaults in its 2012 report. 

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti, Interfax, and sova-center.ru

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