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More Than 40 Arrested After Right-Wing Russian Violence

Graffitti in St. Petersburg: "Death to black men" (file photo) (AFP) MOSCOW, June 23, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Russian police have arrested more than 40 people following what they called coordinated attacks on people from the Caucasus and Central Asia, RFE/RL's Russian Service reported.

According to Moscow city police, right-wing extremists were behind running battles late on June 22 in three Moscow locations.

Police spokesman Anatoly Latovetsky said one ethnic-Armenian man was hospitalized with stab wounds.

The attacks are the latest violence against foreigners in Russia, where several regions are plagued with ethnic tensions.

(with material from AP)

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