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Russian Court Jails Caucasians For Interethnic Violence

PETROZAVODSK, Russia -- The Supreme Court in Russia's northwestern republic of Karelia today jailed five men from the North Caucasus for starting a fight that was blamed for deadly ethnic violence, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The main defendant in the case, Islam Magomadov, was sentenced to 22 years in jail while the other four received prison terms of between three and 10 years.

On August 30, 2006, the men from Daghestan and Chechnya clashed with ethnic Russians in a restaurant in the Karelian town of Kondopoga.

Two people were killed and nine were severely injured in the large-scale interethnic violence that broke out after the initial fight.