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Reports of xenophobia against 'Muslim-looking' people in Moscow unfounded - social organization

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Caucasus diasporas in Moscow have not complained of acts of xenophobia after the deadly blasts in Moscow's subway, the chairman of the Council of Nationalities in Russia said on Tuesday.

Caucasus diasporas in Moscow have not complained of acts of xenophobia after the deadly blasts in Moscow's subway, the chairman of the Council of Nationalities in Russia said on Tuesday.

"Fortunately, I haven't received anything [on acts of xenophobia] from friends, acquaintances or other people who rapidly provide me with such information for the first time in many years. We would have certainly known if there were such acts, we keep in touch with representatives of all the diasporas," Ramazan Abdulatipov said.

Abdulatipov added he has heard about assaults on "Muslim-looking" people from media reports, however has not received any confirmation.

Ekho Moskvy radio announced on Monday two Muslim women were beaten on a train between the Avtozavodskaya and Paveletskaya subway stations in the capital.

The Russian tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets reported an incident at Kuntsevskaya station in western Moscow where two men of "Caucasian appearance" were assaulted when they refused to show their bags to "a group of vigilantes."

Two blasts occurred on Monday morning in the packed Lubyanka and Park Kultury subway stations killing at least 39 people and injuring over 70. The Federal Security Service (FSB) said terrorists from Russia's volatile North Caucasus may have been responsible for the blasts.

Abdulatipov called on people from the Caucasus regions to show understanding the extra attention directed toward them. However, he emphasized, this extra pressure should not turn into endless checks and suspicion of people from the Caucasus based on their heritage.

MOSCOW, March 30 (RIA Novosti)

 

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