African-American Student Stabbed

An African-American exchange student was in critical condition in a Volgograd hospital Friday after being stabbed in a possible hate crime, police in the southern city said.

Stanley Robinson, from Providence, Rhode Island, was stabbed twice in the chest by unidentified assailants, Volgograd police spokeswoman Svetlana Smolyaninova said by telephone.

Robinson, 18, was in serious but stable condition, the head doctor at Volgograd's Clinical Hospital No. 12, The Associated Press reported.

The student's mother, Tina Robinson, told the news agency that her son had developed pneumonia.

The attack occurred on the evening of Dec. 5 outside an apartment block in the city's Krasnooktyabrsky district, Smolyaninova said. Robinson told police that there were three attackers, although no suspects had been detained as of Friday, she said.

Police are investigating the crime as a case of aggravated assault but are not ruling out the possibility that Robinson was attacked because he is black, Smolyaninova said.

The attack could have been a robbery, since Robinson was carrying a camera, the police spokeswoman said. She added, however, that she could not confirm whether anything was stolen from the student.

Volgograd State University and Volgograd State Pedagogical University host several student exchange programs with U.S. universities.

No one could be reached for comment Friday at either university.

Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that Robinson was studying at a school in the district where he was attacked.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman said he could not comment on the case.

Attacks on foreign students are common in the southern Russian city, whose medical university is popular with foreigners.

In October, an Indian student was beaten up and had his cell phone stolen, Interfax reported. Last year, two Chinese students were attacked as they returned to their dormitory at night, RIA-Novosti reported.