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Riots erupt in Moscow after man's fatal stabbing blamed on migrant

Published on Oct 14, 2013 12:49 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Demonstrators, some chanting racist slogans, vandalised a shopping centre and scuffled with police in a Moscow neighbourhood on Sunday after the killing of a young man that residents blamed on a migrant from the Caucasus.

Protests over the death in the southern Biryulyovo district began peacefully until a group of young men began smashing windows in the shopping centre.

The crowd grew to number several thousand and demonstrators scuffled with the police when they tried to make arrests, a Reuters witness said. Pictures showed at least one policeman with minor injuries and video footage showed a car and rubbish bins overturned in the streets.

Later the crowd moved from the shopping centre and overran a vegetable warehouse where, according to residents, many migrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia are employed.

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