Two seventeen-year-old skinheads have been arrested in the 5 December attack on Stanley Robinson in Volgograd.
Local police have reconstructed the events leading to the stabbing. According to district attorney Milena Frantsuzova, Robinson was heading home after working out at a boxing gym when he was approached by two young Russians who asked him for cigarettes. Robinson explained that he didn’t smoke and the boys started to laugh at him. The accused neo-nazis claim that they were merely kidding and trying to scare the visiting African American student. But Robinson suddenly threw punch which led one of the racists to pull a knife and stab the black youth. Robinson stumbled to a nearby bus stop to seek aid while the assailants fled the scene.
The arrested skinheads were only caught because a young woman who had broke off from their gang heard about their role in the attack through mutual acquaintances. She went to the police with her information.
The attackers face up to ten years in prison.
Seriously, Russian racists. Cool this stupid violence. It's no fun to report it (even if I feel compelled to do it) and gets in the way of me writing up my visits to Kolkata museums.
Also, I've learned a new journalistic technique. I can tell you that Robinson likes to lift weights and to go for runs; plus he's a great kisser with "very high sex appeal." He listens to the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, My Chemical Romance, B.I.G., Eminem, and Against Me. Or so an informed source tells me.