Rally in north Russia demands that Caucasus natives be deported
Another unsanctioned rally in the city of Kondopoga, in the northern Russian republic of Karelia, is demanding that Caucasus natives be deported from the city of 35,000, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Friday.
Violence shook Kondopoga last weekend after two people were killed earlier in the week in an apparent brawl at a restaurant allegedly owned by Chechens. Hundreds of locals gathered on Saturday to demand the expulsion of North Caucasus natives before a mob torched the restaurant and ransacked a marketplace.
Some 300 people are reported to be taking part in the rally.
A total of 109 people were detained on suspicion of involvement in pogroms and arsons, and 25 rioters were arrested. Seventeen criminal cases were opened following the incident.
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