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Indian student attacked in Russia

In a suspected racial attack, Indian medical student Anjani Kumar was stabbed by youths in St Petersburg.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 13:24 IST

In a suspected racial attack, an Indian medical student was stabbed on Wednesday night in President Vladimir Putin's hometown St Petersburg, infamous as Russia's racist capital.

The fifth-year student Anjani Kumar, 23, of local Mechnikoff Medical Academy was returning to his hostel when he was attacked by a group of 'unknown' youths who stabbed him in the neck.

The Indian student has been hospitalised and his life is reportedly out of danger.

The police launched a search for the attackers.

The incident comes in the wake of a string of racial attacks by Russian skinheads in different parts of the country to mark Nazi dictator Adolph Hitler's birthday on April 20.

Although there is a visible presence of police at public places frequented by non-whites, many Asian, African expatriates and students have decided to stay at home for a day.

First Published: Apr 20, 2006 11:21 IST