Ethnic minority communities in Russia’s second city have reacted with anger at the stabbing to death of an Indian student. Nitesh Kumar Singh attended a medical academy in St Petersburg. His fellow students, most of who are convinced the attack was racially motivated, lashed out at investigators probing the killing.
The 27-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds just making it to the door of the hostel where he lived. He was found unconscious and bleeding by fellow students who called for help. “The ambulance man told him to get up, it’s nothing you won’t die. But by the time he was brought to hospital he was in a critical state and could no longer breathe,” said one witness.
“We tried to stem the bleeding, but we saw five enormous wounds and we couldn’t do anything,” added another student. Russia has been hit by a wave of race related attacks by far-right militants on foreigners. Last month, a bomb exploded at a multi-ethnic market in Moscow killing 10 people.