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From: "Kenneth King"
nnamdi79@yahoo.com
Monday, 31 August 2009 10:58 UK

Africans 'under siege' in
Moscow
Nearly 60% of black and African people living in
Russia's capital Moscow have been physically
assaulted in racially motivated attacks, says a new
study.

Africans working or studying in the city live in constant
fear of attack, according to the report by the Moscow
Protestant Chaplaincy.

A quarter of 200 people surveyed said they had been assaulted
more than once. Some 80% had been verbally abused.

But the number of assaults was down from the MPC's last survey
in 2002.

The report's clear conclusion was that Africans living in Russia exist in
a state of virtual siege, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes in
Moscow.

Extreme violence

Many of the African respondents said they:

Avoided using the Moscow metro
Were also careful to avoid crowded public places
Did not go out on Russian national holidays or on days when there
were football matches
Many of the attacks on Africans were pre-meditated and extremely
violent, the report found.

One Nigerian migrant interviewed by the BBC had been repeatedly
stabbed in the back and then shot.

Another man said his attacker had attempted to remove his scalp.

Officially there are some 10,000 Africans living in Moscow, but far more
are believed to live there illegally - many as economic migrants.

The Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy is an English-speaking
interdenominational Christian congregation that has ministered to
Moscow's foreign community since 1962.