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Seoul Relays Concerns to Moscow after Hate Crime against Korean
South Korea urged Russia on Feb. 19, 2010 to take steps to curb hate crimes against its citizens in Russia.

The move came following the death of a college student identified only as Kang on Feb.15, 2010 after being attacked by a group of youths, Russian investigators said, after police officers touted a successful crackdown on racist attacks.

The student was attacked while he was walking down the street with a female companion, also South Korean, in the Siberian city of Barnaul.

"The girl did not require hospitalization. The young man was placed in intensive care at the city hospital, where he died on February 18 from his injuries," a Russian statement said.

Three young Barnaul residents have been detained over the attack and are being investigated for aggravated assault, it said.

In this connection, South Korean government relayed its concerns over the seriousness of this incident and the negative effect it could have on the relationship between the two countries to the Russian government through our embassy in Moscow," an official from South Korea''s foreign ministry in Seoul said.

Both Kang and the female student were on an exchange program between their college in Gwangju, some 320 kilometers southwest of Seoul, and a national college of education in the Russian city.

"We urged both the central and local governments of Russia to take measures to help prevent any recurrence of such an incident," the official in Seoul said. Kang''s parents, along with officials from his Gwangju National University of Education, left for Irkutsk on Thursday, according to school officials.

The school has 18 other students there on the exchange program with the Russian school. They are all scheduled to return home next week along with the female student attacked in the incident.






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