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A criminal case on the killing of a foreign student in the central Russian city of Voronezh has been handed over to a court
A criminal case on the killing of a foreign student in the central Russian city of Voronezh has been handed over to a court, a local prosecutor said Wednesday. Galina Gorshkova said a total of 13 suspects would go on trial, with one of them charged with a racially motivated murder and three others facing robbery charges. Their co-defendants are charged with hooliganism. An 18-year-old architecture student from Peru died on October 9 after he and his three companions had been attacked by a group of Russian youngsters. The student was stabbed to death and two of his friends - a fellow Peruvian and a Spaniard - were badly injured. This and other racially motivated assaults have raised serious concerns for the security of foreigners in Russia. A recent string of attacks on foreign students cast a shadow over Voronezh, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Moscow, which has traditionally been a popular destination with foreign undergraduates interested in studying in Russia. Last October, an Albanian national studying at Voronezh University reported to the police that he had been beaten up near his dormitory and had a mobile phone and an ID card stolen from him. In January, two men from Sudan were allegedly assaulted at one of the city's bus stops, but reportedly sustained no serious injuries. Following the attacks, Russia's Education and Science Ministry pledged to review its list of colleges and universities recommended to foreign students.
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