Two skinhead attacks in southern Moscow left one man dead and two severely wounded.
Moscow police described the victims as men of “non-Slavic appearance” who were not native to Moscow, but would give no further details about the religion or nationality of the victims, according to reports from Russia’s national Vesti TV.
Police declined to label the assaults as hooliganism or motivated by nationalism. A police spokesman said as many as 30 soccer fans were being investigated as possible suspects.
Russian authorities typically are reluctant to acknowledge when assaults may be caused by interethnic hatred.
Eight skinheads wearing black leather jackets beat and stabbed their victims in the street in the daytime. Police say the attacks were committed by the same gang of teenagers aged 13 to 15.