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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Envoy Sees 'Russophobia' in Britain

LONDON -- Russia's ambassador to Britain, in comments reflecting Moscow's chilly ties with London, complained in an interview Sunday that Russians in Britain were treated like the mafia and suffered assaults by nationalist groups.

Ambassador Yury Fedotov said "Russophobia" was prevalent in Britain, home to some 400,000 Russians.

"I can quote examples where Russians were being beaten by youngsters in London. Tourists, visitors, businessmen," he told The Sunday Times newspaper.

"They were severely beaten and the police did not open any investigation on these particular incidents," he added.

Fedotov said Russians had complained that "from time to time they encounter some sort of mistreatment" in London's shops, restaurants or taxis.

"It is hard to say whether it is some kind of Russophobia or whether it is a particular case of xenophobia which is developing here," he said.

He said he had raised the issue with senior government officials.