'Russia is unsafe for Indian students'
A final year medical student, Anjangi, speaks to FRED WEIR about the rising xenophobia in Russia.india Updated: Oct 04, 2006 14:41 IST
FW: Tell us about the attack on you
Anjangi: It was April 19, just before Hitler’s birthday and people were afraid , something might happen. I was coming home after having dinner with my sister. Just as I was entering a darkened archway right in front of our hostel, I felt someone was following me. I started walking faster, but one boy suddenly rushed up behind me and pushed me down. A second one then came from the other side and slit my throat. It happened very fast. I tried to chase them, but realised that I was bleeding profusely I staggered into the . hostel, and fellow students called the ambulance. I then underwent an operation that saved my life.
FW: The attack on your fellow student last Sunday was very similar, wasn’t it?
Anjangi:He just went out to buy bread around 8 pm. In the same archway where I was attacked, five boys wearing black headbands stabbed him seven times. He managed to get into the hostel. People tried to help him. But he died from an excessive blood loss.
FW: What do you feel about the atmosphere for Indian students in Russia?
Anjangi:I want to say this to all the students in India
who are thinking of coming to Russia: it is very dangerous. You get the highest quality education over here, but there is no security for foreigners. There is a lot of fascism, and it is growing. The Russian government is doing nothing about it. There is no guarantee of one’s life.