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Jewish musician beaten in Moscow

MOSCOW (JTA) — Three teenagers attacked an award-winning Jewish musician in the Moscow subway.

The assailants approached Mikhail Altshuller, asked him a random question and then began to beat him as the train passed between two stations, according to a statement from the Russian Jewish Congress.

During the Nov. 26 attack, the teens shouted nationalist slogans before fleeing when the train stopped at the next station. Altshuller identified the suspects, all males, to police after the attack, the Russian Jewish Congress reported. Police detained two of the assailants, the Lenta.ru Web site reported.

Altshuller, a singer and instrumental soloist for a Jewish musical group, suffered a concussion and bruised ribs in the attack.

"Judging that the police reacted quickly and that they were convinced of their conclusions, it is likely that the case will be appropriately assigned and sent to court," Altshuller said in a statement released by the Congress.

Altshuller is an award winner at international Jewish music festivals.

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