Report: Tajik man beheaded in Moscow region

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian news agencies say a Tajik man has been beheaded near Moscow in an apparent hate crime.

RIA-Novosti quotes investigators as saying a group attacked two Tajik men in a town north of Moscow late Friday. Reports say the attackers fired shots, wounding one man who escaped. RIA-Novosti reported Tuesday that the decapitated body of the other man was discovered nearby a day later. Police officials could not be reached for comment.

Tajiks and workers from other poor former Soviet republics flock to Russia seeking employment and higher wages. They frequently displace Russian workers, stoking racist and xenophobic sentiments.

The rights group SOVA says 82 people have been killed in hate attacks this year, up from 75 in 2007.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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