Two of the detainees are reportedly university students. Police reportedly found extremist literature in the suspects' homes during searches.
Meanwhile, a national of Equador was hospitalized after he was beaten up over the weekend.
Russia has recently seen an increasing number of apparently racist attacks on foreigners.
One suspect in several such attacks was killed last week by police when he allegedly resisted arrest. Media reports said Dmitry Borovikov was also suspected of involvement in the killing of the Senegalese student, Lamzar Samba.
(Interfax, ITAR-TASS, Moscow Times)
Yusuf Sultonov, whose 9-year-old daughter was beaten and stabbed to death in St. Petersburg on February 9, 2004 (TASS)
EXTREMISM ASCENDANT: More than half of Russians have xenophobic views, according to a report published in August 2005. In the report, rights groups say that -- despite progress in some areas -- racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism remain rife in Russia. But what worries watchdogs most are recent moves by nationalist-patriotic movements to form paramilitary groups....(more)
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