Kyrgyzstan worried by Kyrgyz killings in Russia

Kyrgyzstan expressed "deep concern" on Monday over recent killings of Kyrgyz citizens working in Russia and urged Moscow to do more to protect its people.

Kyrgyzstan worried by Kyrgyz killings in Russia
Kyrgyzstan, home to a Russian and US military airbase, expressed "deep concern" on Monday over recent killings of Kyrgyz citizens working in Russia and urged Moscow to do more to protect its people.

Russia has seen a surge in racial attacks in the past few years, especially on immigrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Eight Kyrgyz nationals have been killed this year, according to Kyrgyz police.

The Kyrgyz parliament -- dominated by supporters of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev -- appealed for an urgent investigation in a statement issued on Monday.

"Kyrgyzstan's parliament expresses deep concern and regret with regard to the growing number of killings of Kyrgyz citizens in Moscow," said the chamber.

According to the Russian monitoring group Sova Centre, two Azeris, two people from the Kabardino-Balkaria region, one person from Uzbekistan and one Tajik national have been stabbed to death in similar circumstances this month.

Critics have said resurgent nationalism under President Vladimir Putin, due to step down this year after Sunday's presidential election, is partly to blame.

Addressing fellow CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) presidents including Bakiyev on Friday, Putin vowed to end the almost daily attacks on migrants.

Unemployment has driven millions of people from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to seek better lives in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but many face abuse from their employers and little compassion from ordinary Russians.


Reuters
Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Şubat 2008, 15:11
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