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Rights Group Says Uzbeks Most-Attacked In Russia

Uzbek migrant workers in Moscow
Uzbek migrant workers in Moscow
The Moscow-based Bureau on Human Rights says that Uzbeks were the ethnic minority most attacked by radical nationalist groups in Russia in 2009, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reports.

The report says that some 218 attacks were made in Russia on members of minorities on the basis of "aggressive xenophobia." It said that as a result there were 75 deaths and 284 injuries.

According to the report, 14 Uzbeks were killed and 12 others were injured in 2009.

The second-most attacked ethnic minority was Kyrgyz, with eight killed and 10 injured. Third was Tajiks, with seven killed and 18 injured.

There are hundreds of thousands of Central Asians working in Russia.