Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Russian Police Detain Suspect in Stabbing Death; Murder Caused Riots Among Muslims, Russians

Russian police have detained a suspect in the stabbing death of an ethnic Russian man that set off riots in Moscow during the past week, the Washington Post website reports today (October 15, 2013).

Russia's Investigating Committee said in a statement today that a 30-year-old suspect named Orkhan Zeynalov -- a native of the Caucasus nation of Azerbaijan -- had been detained in a town outside of Moscow.

In addition, 50 people were detained by police today, as they gathered to protest near the scene of October 13 riots.

Tensions have long simmered between ethnic Russians and natives of the predominantly Muslim Caucasus region, who often work in Russia's cities. Violent confrontations between the two groups have been occurring more often in recent years.

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