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Indian student is killed in Saint Petersburg

In Saint Petersburg unidentified attackers stabbed an Indian student leaving him with lethal knife wounds. The wounded man was able to reach the student hostel where he was staying and was from there was brought to hospital. Despite all the efforts of doctors, 27 year old Singh Nitesh Kumar � a fourth year student at the Mechnikova Medical academy and citizen of India, died of his injuries.

According to the police report, at about half past nine last Sunday evening, Kumar was found with multiple knife wounds outside the residence for foreign students, at 14 Kirillovskaya Street in the city centre. The students who found him were also residents at the hostel and it was they who alerted the police and paramedics.

An investigation into this incident is currently being conducted. At the Office of the Public Prosecutor in Petersburg the incident is already being treated as a criminal case. Amongst other possible motives for the attack investigators are considering the possibilities of both a regular conflict and nationalistic hostility. There is also high probability that the motivation behind the attack was robbery.

It should be recalled that about one year ago in the same place another student was attacked under similar circumstances. Fortunately, in that case the Indian student survived.

From the start of this year numerous cases of attacks on foreign citizens in Saint Petersburg have been recorded.

On February 5th in the Vyborg area of Petersburg the 28-year old citizen of Mali Demebele �amutu died of knife wounds. At the Public Prosecutors office it is considered that the foreigner was killed during an everyday quarrel.

On the 24th of February in Saint Petersburg two women from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan were attacked by a group of extremists. The attackers stabbed them with a knife, crying out �Russia for Russians ". One of women died, the other was brought to intensive care.

At the very end of February Desire De Leko, a citizen of the Ivory Coast, was brought to a hospital in Saint Petersburg with a craniocerebral trauma. The injuries which he sustained were also the result of an extremist attack. Desire de Leko is to this day in a comatose state.

On the 7th of April in Saint Petersburg, Lanzar Amba, a fifth year Senegalese student at the Institute of Communications and human rights activist, was killed. The unidentified assailant shot him in the back and then disappeared. On the weapon, which was discarded by the killer at the scene of the crime, was a swastika.

On March the 25th a 9 year old mulatto girl, L. Sissoko received knife wounds when she was attacked by unidentified assailants at the entrance of her home.

In the middle of August in Saint Petersburg a caretaker from Uzbekistan was killed. Another caretaker, a native of Tajikistan also received multiple knife wounds. According to the statement of the wounded man, three unidentified attackers armed with knives rushed into the caretaker�s lodge on 62/1Lunacharskii Prospekt and attacked the caretakers.

In Saint Petersburg there is a love for beating up foreigners, especially students. There was a spate of nationalist activities at the beginning of the year. So on the 5th, 11th, 17th and 24th of January, on the 19th and 22nd of February and on the 17th of March and 7th of April, there were incidents of beatings in the northern capital with victims from Israel, India, Jordan, China, Egypt, Pakistan, Burundi, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.

The governor of Saint Petersburg, Valentina Matvienko, has declared many times that will she will not allow the city on the Neva to become the capital of ethnic animosity and discord. However, the attacks on foreigners continue to this day.

Source: newsinfo.ru

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