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From: "Kenneth King" firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 31 August 2009 10:58 UK
Africans 'under siege' in Moscow
Nearly 60% of black and African people living in Russia's capital
Moscow have been physically assaulted in racially motivated
attacks, says a new study. Africans working or studying in the city
live in constant fear of attack, according to the report by the
Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy.
A quarter of 200 people surveyed said they had been assaulted more
than once. Some 80% had been verbally abused.
But the number of assaults was down from the MPC's last survey in
The report's clear conclusion was that Africans living in Russia exist in
a state of virtual siege, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes in
Many of the African respondents said they:
Avoided using the Moscow metro
Were also careful to avoid crowded public places
Did not go out on Russian national holidays or on days when there
were football matches
Many of the attacks on Africans were pre-meditated and extremely
violent, the report found.
One Nigerian migrant interviewed by the BBC had been repeatedly
stabbed in the back and then shot.
Another man said his attacker had attempted to remove his scalp.
Officially there are some 10,000 Africans living in Moscow, but far more
are believed to live there illegally - many as economic migrants.
The Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy is an English-speaking
interdenominational Christian congregation that has ministered to
Moscow's foreign community since 1962.