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Police Detain Hundreds In Moscow Market Raids

Hundreds Arrested In Moscow In Raids On Market Workers
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Moscow police have detained hundreds of mostly migrant workers in raids on city markets in the wake of an attack in which a police officer was injured.

A police spokesperson said some 470 people were detained at three markets.

On July 27, a group of police officers was attacked by two dozen people at the Matveyevsky market in western Moscow as they were detaining a man suspected of raping a 15-year-old girl.

One police officer sustained a severe head injury.

In response, police launched sweeps to check people working at city markets for involvement in crimes and offenses.

The rape suspect and a man suspected of attacking the police officer were detained.

Moscow's markets employ many migrants from other former Soviet republics and Russia's Muslim-populated North Caucasus.

Based on reporting by RIAN, Interfax, and Reuters