Russian police rounded up more than 1,600 migrants Monday in Moscow after rioting swept through a southern neighbourhood a day earlier over a fatal stabbing of a Russian that many residents blame on a man from the Caucasus.
Some 1,200 people were detained at a wholesale vegetable market stormed on Sunday night by rioters after a protest over the stabbing of an ethnic Russian,spokesman Alexei Shapkin said. Another 450 were detained in northeastern Moscow,also near a vegetables market employing migrant workers.
Police said they were all detained to check whether they were involved in any wrongdoing,but have not been accused of any specific crime. Footage showed detainees standing against walls or lined up in front of camouflage-clad police.
By rounding up migrants,authorities seemed to be trying to appease residents who had rallied to demand police find killer of Yegor Shcherbakov,25,and take more action to prevent crimes by migrants.
On Sunday,the mob in the southern neighbourhood fought with police,smashed shops and vending stalls and stormed the vegetable market.