Ethnic tensions erupt into fatal brawl at Moscow’s biggest cemetery
- Three were killed and nearly two dozen hospitalized among the 200 embroiled in clashes over service areas at the Khovanskoye cemetery in southwest Moscow.
- Officials reported the fighting was primarily between Chechens and Dagestanis from the Russian Caucasus on one side and Central Asian migrants on the other, primarily ethnic Tajiks and Uzbeks.
- Tensions have simmered in the country between migrant and other low-paid workers as Russia’s economic woes have led to a constricted job market.
“Three killed as ethnic rivalries fuel brawl at Moscow cemetery” (Reuters)
“Police makes over 100 arrests after Khovanskoye Cemetery brawl” (Interfax via Russia Beyond the Headlines)
“Mass melee in Moscow cemetery leaves 3 dead, 23 wounded” (AP via CBC News)
(Image Credit: AP via CBC News)