Moscow's Armenian community worried by Armenian's murder

ITAR-TASS News Agency
April 22, 2006 Saturday 01:27 PM EST

Moscow's Armenian community said it would not neglect the murder of
an Armenian man in the centre of the city on Saturday.

"We will certainly convene on Monday. We gathered each time an
ethnic-motivated murder occurred and thought about mechanisms
that could prevent such incidents," the president of the Union of
Armenians of Russia and the president of the World Armenian Congress,
Ara Abramyan, told Ekho Moskvy radio.

In his view such crimes can be possible only because authorities and
society do not respond properly to the manifestations of nationalism
and because they are left unpunished.

"The ethnicity of the killed man does not matter because this concerns
everybody. This is a problem for the whole of Russia. If there is
extremism and nationalism, we must call things by their proper names
and then such incidents may not occur again," he said.

Earlier in the day, a young Amernian-born man was killed by a group of
youngsters in a fight at Moscow's central Pushkinskaya metro station.

Seven young people, including the Armenian, started fighting each other
on the station's platform. "During the tussle one of its participants
drew up a knife and hit a 17-year-old young man from Armenia with it
once," a police officer told Itar-Tass.

He said, "The injury was deadly and the young man died at the
scene." All other young people involved in the fight escaped. No one
was detained.

Police have so far refrained from comments on the possible motives
of the incident. But they did not rule out ethnic motives.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress