Reports from Russia say three Zambians students have been severely beaten by racist gangs called skinheads in Russia’s second largest city St Petersburg.
The three students who met their fate when they went out to take part in celebrations to mark St Petersburg’s day are yet to be named.
According to Russian media, last weekend, 24th and 25th May was set aside for the celebration of the City known as “St. Petersburg day” which was falls on 27th May.
To celebrate, a lot of people from around the world gathered and celebrated “St. Petersburg day” by taking a walk at the centre of the city and participating in other activities on Nevskiy prospect.
Three African Students from Zambia who also went for a walk with their Russian friend were attacked by Skinheads, beaten and Shot at around “Dom Knigi” on Nevskiy Prospect Metro “in the Centre of the City”.
Two of them suffered injuries on the chest and back respectively but the third student who happens to study at “The Bonch Bruevich Saint Petersburg University of Telecommunications” was shot on the stomach and a fatal shot in his right cheek into his gum.
The injury led to him bleeding profusely as he ended up collapsing. Fortunately there were good passersby who came to his rescue by calling an ambulance that performed first aid treatment and rushed him to the hospital.
He is said to be out of danger conscious, responding to treatment.
The Saint Petersburg Nevskiy Region Police authorities said they were actively working hard to get hold of the Neo-Nazi/Skinhead but no arrest have been made. Nevskiy, the area where the incident happened is dotted with a lot of security cameras and happens to be the most popular Street/business and tourist center of St Petersburg, Russia.
This is not the first time that African students have been targeted on racists grounds in Russia. Just two months ago three other students from Zambia where attacked inn the same area under similar circumstances.