Posted Dec. 15, 2008 – Police say that racism may be behind the stabbing of a Black American exchange student in Russia earlier this month.
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This weekend, 18-year-old Stanley Robinson, of Providence, Rhode Island, was in grave but stable condition in a hospital in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, The Associated Press reported. He has stab wounds to the chest and side, according to the news service.
Svetlana Smolyaninova told AP that no suspects have been detained and noted that authorities have not ruled out robbery as a possible motive. However, that's not what Robinson’s mother believes.
“I believe it happened because he is a person of color,” Tina Robinson told AP in an interview Friday from her home in Providence. “It was completely unprovoked.”
More and more attacks have been occurring against “members of non-Slavic ethnic groups, particularly darker-skinned migrants from the Caucasus region and Central Asia,” according to AP, noting that African students and immigrants are generally the targets of choice. The assault took place in Volgograd, a city of about a million, 550 miles southeast of Moscow.
Last week, two Tajik men were attacked in a town north of Moscow, according to AP. One was beheaded and Russian media reported his head was found 12 miles away. On obscure nationalist group claimed responsibility, “If I had any inkling that there was any possibility of this happening, I would have tried to dissuade him,” Tina Robinson said.
Meanwhile, Stanley Robinson is in grave but stable condition in a Russian hospital, according to AP.