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Moscow Police Officer Accused Of Beating Tajiks

A Tajik migrant worker in Moscow (file photo) (RFE/RL) June 9, 2006 -- A police officer has been detained in Moscow in connection with the beating of Tajik students at a university dormitory.

Sergei Marchenko, an official with the city's prosecutor's office, said the officer "will face charges soon, and the issue of his placement in custody will be decided. An active investigation is under way now in order to locate and apprehend his accomplices."

The six students were allegedly beaten with belts and an iron wrench by a group of people who burst into their room on June 7.

Meanwhile, a United Nations antiracism monitor will visit Russia on June 12-17 at the invitation of the Russian authorities, amid concerns over a wave of attacks against foreigners across the country.

Doudou Diene, the UN's special rapporter on racism and xenophobia, will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg, the two Russian cities that have seen the most serious rise in racist attacks.


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