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Tajik stabbed 35 times in Moscow

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Moscow, April 17 (RIA Novosti). A Tajik national has been stabbed to death in eastern Moscow, a police source told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

Two unidentified assailants, described by eyewitnesses as teenagers, inflicted some 35 knife wounds on the 27-year-old victim at around 5 p.m. (1 p.m. GMT) Monday.

Russian and foreign human rights groups have raised concerns over growing xenophobic sentiments in the country in recent years.

People with non-Slavic features have repeatedly been attacked in apparently racially motivated crimes in Moscow, St. Petersburg and in many cases in the Central Russian city of Voronezh, home to many universities with foreign students.

The Russian president highlighted the importance of fighting hate crime at a meeting with Federal Security Service officials earlier this year. Days later, the interior minister reported a 27% rise in the number of solved race attacks in the past year.

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