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    Prosecutor's office launches probe into Armenian's murder

    ITAR-TASS News Agency
    April 22, 2006 Saturday 02:44 PM EST

    The Moscow metro prosecutor's office has launched a probe into the
    murder of a young man in a mass fight at the central Pushkinskaya
    metro station on Saturday.

    "Today at about 16:47 Moscow time a group of 12 young men gathered
    on the platform of the Pushkinskaya station. They knew each other
    and were waiting for one more acquaintance of theirs. At this time a
    group of about six to seven people disembarked from a southeast-bound
    train and attacked those standing on the platform without any reason.

    As a result of the attack, a student of Moscow University of Management
    received a stab wound in the chest, from which he died at the scene,"
    a spokesman for the Moscow prosecutor's office told Itar-Tass.

    "All possible leads are being investigated, including a murder
    motivated by ethnic hatred and strife," the official said.

    Earlier, law enforcement agencies said the victim had been born in
    1989 in Armenia. Police have begun a search for the attacker.

    Meanwhile, Moscow's Armenian community said it would not let this pass.

    "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.