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Girl, 9, stabbed in Russian racial attack
AP ^ | March 26th, 2006

Posted on 03/26/2006 7:07:13 PM PST by M. Espinola

Two men attacked and stabbed a nine-year-old girl of mixed Russian and African heritage in St. Petersburg, seriously injuring her in an apparent xenophobic attack, officials said Sunday.

The Saturday evening attack took place in an apartment building hallway and was the latest incident targeting foreigners or minorities in Russia's second-largest city.

Aliu Tunkara, who heads a civic group for Africans in St. Petersburg, said the girl was returning home after a walk and had just entered the building when two men stabbed her.

Alexander Klaus, an investigator with the city prosecutor's office, said in televised comments that during the attack nothing was stolen from the girl, whose father is from Mali and whose mother is Russian. He said the girl had been hospitalized in satisfactory condition.

"The attack has caused a strong public reaction and is being investigated under charges of hooliganism and attempted murder," City Prosecutor Sergei Zaitsev said in televised comments. "We are considering xenophobia as a motive."

The incident came just days after a St. Petersburg jury acquitted a teenager of fatally stabbing a nine-year-old Tajik girl two years ago. That killing drew wide public attention, provoking protests from Tajikistan and underscoring an increase in hate crimes in Russia's major cities.

Tunkara said he thought Saturday's attack was connected to the jury decision.

"Since nobody was punished for the murder of the girl, people with similar nationalist attitudes could now feel that they have nothing to fear in committing such actions," he said.

Rights groups argue Russian authorities do little or nothing to combat racial crimes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Russia
KEYWORDS: mali; racistscum; russians; stpetersburg; tajik; tajikistan; xenophobic

1 posted on 03/26/2006 7:07:18 PM PST by M. Espinola
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To: M. Espinola

A black Russian?


2 posted on 03/26/2006 7:08:18 PM PST by Publius
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To: M. Espinola
(I hit the Post button too soon.)

My recollection from the old Soviet days was that the Russians made noises about solidarity with oppressed black folks in Africa, brought them to Moscow for training in communism -- and then treated them like dirt.

Some things don't change.

3 posted on 03/26/2006 7:11:08 PM PST by Publius
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To: M. Espinola

The biggest news in that article is flabbergasting - they ACQUITTED the teenager who killed that poor Tadjik girl (I guess I should say "allegedly" - not). Unbelievable.

St. Pete has some definite skinhead/rascist problems. They also have a heckuva lot more emigrants and gypsies than Moscow has. If you walk up Nevskyj Prospekt at night you're encountered by skinheads AND gypsies (not together of course). I was in St. Petersburg a few years back with a TVA scientist (he's black). We were at the train station and this drunk guy came up and yelled some epithats and kicked his suitcase. What the drunk didn't know is we had a couple of Russian navy officers with us. Boy was he sorry.... nothing like a butt kicking AND an arrest.


4 posted on 03/26/2006 7:13:00 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Publius

Actually a biracial Russian...really doesn't make sense. Was her father ever attacked or subjected to any insult? I wonder.


5 posted on 03/26/2006 7:13:33 PM PST by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: Publius

You're right.


6 posted on 03/26/2006 7:13:34 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: M. Espinola

Lots of skinheads in Moscow lately. When things go bad and the economy tanks, always blame it on the minorities. Many Russians epitomize intolerance.


7 posted on 03/26/2006 7:16:43 PM PST by buglemanster
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To: buglemanster

Young boys with no money and no job AND no future are a bad mix.


8 posted on 03/26/2006 7:19:24 PM PST by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: M. Espinola
The incident horrific attack came just days after a St. Petersburg jury acquitted a teenager of fatally stabbing a nine-year-old Tajik girl two years ago.

"The evil that men do lives after them"

9 posted on 03/26/2006 7:23:42 PM PST by daybreakcoming (If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. A. Lincoln)
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To: cyborg
Probably. But at the time her father was in-country, there probably were very very few people of non-Russian, non-Asia-European descent there. I wish I could find that old Ebony/Jet Magazine article about Blacks and Bi-racials who lived in Russia. As near as I remember, it was a mixed experience (this article was from the time before the collapse of the USSR). On the one hand, Russians are fascinated by and attracted to Black people; but on the other hand, they somewhat despise them (kinda like the French).
10 posted on 03/26/2006 7:24:10 PM PST by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: Clock King

I remember that article! I actually read it years ago. You're right about the attraction/hate thing too as history bears out :(


11 posted on 03/26/2006 7:25:36 PM PST by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: Romanov
Pushin didn't have it easy there, either ;-)

Back in '99 or 2000 there was a popular song by Zaprehschennye Barabanshchiki called Ubili negra. No one could explain to me if it was parody or what.

12 posted on 03/26/2006 7:26:17 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: buglemanster

I wonder what our "good friend" Putin thinks about this?


13 posted on 03/26/2006 7:26:56 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: M. Espinola

I remember when Bill Cosby's son was murdered by a Russian immigrant, Cosby was all over the news blaming "America" for it, as in "America made him racist, because there is no racism over there."

But Cosby had no idea what he was talking about.


14 posted on 03/26/2006 7:32:00 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Osama... made the mistake of confusing media conventional wisdom with reality" (Mark Steyn))
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To: Romanov

I bet that stew bum will think twice about making rude cracks or kicking a man's suitcase in the subway or anywhere else - again :)


15 posted on 03/26/2006 7:32:04 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: denydenydeny
The pain of losing a son must be unfathomable. Bill Cosby would probably think differently about the Russians today.
16 posted on 03/26/2006 7:34:36 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: Publius

Correct. Add to it that those brought-in foreigners were afforded privileged treatment [vs. regular guy-on-the street] which obviously added to the resentment. "Lumumba University of Friendship Between the Peoples" [the main institution these were organized in] was popularly known as "Lumumbarium".


17 posted on 03/26/2006 7:39:03 PM PST by GSlob
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To: GSlob

Friendship University (as it is known now) is a hotbed of drugs and debauchery...


18 posted on 03/26/2006 8:06:15 PM PST by Romanov
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To: struwwelpeter

It was a parody. "Zapreshchenie Barabanshchiki" aren't too popular with skins because of it (and their music is ska-influenced).


19 posted on 03/26/2006 8:11:57 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Romanov

Well, in my time it was known as "Lumumbariy", also as "zoopark". Rather illustrative, and pointed to a decent level of figurative language mastery on the part of the contemporary natives.


20 posted on 03/26/2006 8:17:49 PM PST by GSlob
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To: GSlob

I've actually heard it refered to as "Universitet Druzhba Urodov"!


21 posted on 03/26/2006 8:20:29 PM PST by Romanov
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To: Romanov

Not bad. :)


22 posted on 03/26/2006 8:24:23 PM PST by GSlob
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To: denydenydeny
I remember when Bill Cosby's son was murdered by a Russian immigrant, Cosby was all over the news blaming "America" for it, as in "America made him racist, because there is no racism over there."

I recall that statement as coming from Bill Cosby's wife. Regardless, it was a very incorrect comment.

23 posted on 03/26/2006 8:36:59 PM PST by Ghengis (Alexander was a wuss!)
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To: denydenydeny

Your'e not talking about the SAME Bill Cosby who is so edified on this board for telling low income blacks to stop blaming their failures on white racism,are you?
End of sarcasm.
Cosby gets a pass way too often from folks here.While admiring his success and talent,I smell a rat when he pops off.The sad truth is that many blacks who"make it"turn their noses up at "those people"in the hood whose behavior they fear will reflect badly on them through guilt by racial association.
Then,of course,we have the "outside woman"and the out of wedlock Cosby child.
I thought that stuff only happened to blacks from the projects!


24 posted on 03/26/2006 9:05:34 PM PST by Riverman94610
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To: cyborg
Are you saying Pushkin doesn't make any sense?


25 posted on 03/26/2006 9:30:43 PM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is to conservatism what Howard Dean is to liberalism)
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To: RightWingAtheist

No not at all. She's a biracial girl. Her father is black. Has he ever been attacked ever? That's what I was saying.


26 posted on 03/27/2006 2:42:33 AM PST by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: Publius
A black Russian?

like Pushkin. Culture can be separate from race -- for instance in the USA I firmly believe that only the first and maybe second generations of immigrants belong to the country of origin, the rest are Americans. Ditto for Russkies.
27 posted on 03/27/2006 2:45:04 AM PST by Cronos (Remember 9/11. Restore Hagia Sophia! Ultra-Catholic: Sola Scriptura leads to solo scriptura.)
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To: Riverman94610

Cosby was a closet WHORE just like the great Dr.J.and Johnney Cochran led separate lives( with white women),fathered children, refused to take care of them; and somehow these bastards managed with the assistance of the MSM to discredit and smear these children and played the race card to the hilt. Money and position will buy you out of everything


28 posted on 03/27/2006 4:48:18 AM PST by dubyawhoiluv
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To: Publius

like Pushkin, Russia’s national poet


29 posted on 05/26/2008 6:29:11 AM PDT by Cronos ("Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant" - Omar Ahmed, CAIR)
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