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Armenian Killed On Moscow Commuter Train

'Death to negroes' reads graffiti in St. Petersburg (file photo) (AFP) May 30, 2006 -- A 19-year-old ethnic Armenian has been stabbed to death by a group of young men on a suburban train near Moscow.

Artur Sardaryan was killed on May 25, but his death was only announced today.

A spokeswoman for the Moscow region prosecutor's office says the group approached Sardaryan as he sat on a regional commuter train and stabbed him for no apparent reason.

A lawyer representing the family, Simon Tsaturyan, quotes eyewitnesses as saying the attackers shouted "Glory to Russia!"

Prosecutors have launched a hate-crime investigation.

The killing is the latest in a series of attacks on foreigners and immigrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia in Moscow and throughout Russia.

(compiled from agency reports)

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