There are multiple unconfirmed reports of a gruesome racist murder in Moscow. According to livejournal user plucer, on 17 February the following transpired:
…last night, around 9.30 PM, in the central platform of Metro Station Belorusskaya, a group of men with close-cropped hair attacked a dark-haired foreigner.A personal note: When I lived in Moscow in 1997, this station was my stop. I can visualize exactly where this transpired. Sometimes I think I’ll never return to Moscow.
An organized group of seven persons jumped on the young man of Eastern appearance in broad daylight and killed him.
A group of Moscow artists were witnesses to the crime; among them was A. Shkliaevskii. The artist reported to us: “They beat the boy with hands and feet for about ten minutes. When he fell down, they kicked him some more, and then three athletic-looking guys piled onto him and held down his arms while a fourth strangled him. There were many people, all afraid to interfere. A few women screamed frightfully. The lifeless body was left lying in the middle of the station. The police didn’t interfere, they just stood aside and observed.”