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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Student's Death Remains a Mystery

The Rwandan Embassy has asked the Foreign Ministry to intervene in the investigation of a Rwandan student's death during a fight that was ignited by a racial slur.

Jean-Claude Nsengiumva, 24, died Nov. 28 after he was thrown or fell from an eighth-floor window of a Moscow State University dormitory, according to Ivan Kuznetsov, prosecutor for the Sevastopolsky region. Nsengiumva and two fellow Rwandan students had been fighting with 10 to 15 men from the Caucasus, he said.

According to the two students, one of the Caucasians called them nigri, or negroes, in the dormitory hallway, Kuznetsov said. After a scuffle in the student's room, the Caucasians left. They returned about an hour later with about a dozen others who beat the African students, he said.

Kuznetsov said it is unclear whether Nsengiumva's fall was an accident as a result of the number of people fighting in the small room or if he was deliberately pushed. Police are looking for several suspects, he said.

In a Dec. 1 statement to the Foreign Ministry, the embassy expressed dissatisfaction with the police investigation. The embassy asked the ministry to insist that the police follow all leads and interview certain parties who know the identities of the alleged assailants.