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Murder Prompts Nationalists To Riot In Moscow
Demonstrators shouting racist slogans have rioted in a neighbourhood of Moscow in protest at a murder blamed on a migrant.
Shouting chants like "White Power" and "Russia Forward", the protesters vandalised shops and a market and scuffled with police.
The violence erupted after the killing of a 25-year-old Russian man was blamed on a migrant from the north Caucasus, a region in southern Russia.
Despite the only evidence being an unidentified CCTV image, the protesters said they believed it was a Caucasian that killed the man as he walked home with his girlfriend on Thursday night.
Growing nationalism among ethnic Russians combined with an influx of migrants from former Soviet republics has led to increased tensions between native Muscovites and newcomers.
Natives of the Caucasus, most of whom have dark complexions and are Muslim, often work in shopping centres and at vegetable markets in the Russian capital.
Protests over the death in the southern Biryulyovo district began peacefully until a group of young men began smashing windows in the neighbourhood's shopping centre.
The crowd grew to number several thousand and demonstrators scuffled with police when they tried to make arrests, a witness told Reuters.
Later the rioters overran a vegetable warehouse where, according to residents, many migrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia are employed.
Interfax news agency quoted Moscow police as saying around 200 people were detained.
The protesters had demanded more action by police to find the killer of the 25-year-old.
Russia's top investigative agency said it was looking into the killing.
President Vladimir Putin said earlier this month that Russia needed migrant labourers in industries such as construction, but - in a nod to anti-migrant sentiment - suggested their numbers could be restricted in other sectors, including trade.