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A man who burst into a synagogue in central Moscow will undergo a mandatory psychiatric examination
A man who burst into a synagogue in central Moscow and stabbed eight people with a hunting knife will undergo a mandatory psychiatric examination, a source in the investigation said Thursday. Moscow Prosecutor Anatoly Zuyev had said previously that 20-year old Muscovite Alexander Koptsev had been charged with attempted murder, causing premeditated bodily harm, and inciting racial or religious discord. The shaven-headed attacker rushed into the synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya Street on Wednesday night shouting, "I've come to kill you," witnesses said, prompting speculation that the man was some how linked to nationalist or neo-Nazi groups. Four people, including the synagogue's rabbi, were left in a serious condition, and three foreigners - an American, an Israeli and a Tajik citizen - were also among the injured. The Russian Orthodox Church condemned the attack. "The law enforcement agencies, the authorities and the public should make every effort to prevent such attacks," a spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchy said. Russia's Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov has taken the investigation into the attack under his personal control, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office said.
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