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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hate Crime Suspect's Acquittal Overturned

The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a jury's acquittal of a man tried for the killing of an ethnic Armenian teenager in the Moscow region, Interfax reported.

Artur Sardaryan, 19, was on a crowded commuter train outside Moscow on May 24 when he was approached by assailants and repeatedly stabbed in the chest with a knife while they yelled "Glory to Russia," prosecutors and lawyers for the victim's family said.

There were thought to be about 20 people on the train, heading from Moscow to the city of Pushkino, at the time of the attack.

In June, a jury for the Moscow Region Court found the suspect innocent of murder. Prosecutors and relatives of the victim appealed, leading to the ruling by the Supreme Court, which ordered a new trial.

Russia has seen a surge in racism and hate crimes in recent years, with a series of attacks on nonwhite or dark-skinned residents, foreigners and Jews.

The murder of Sardaryan, who was a Russian citizen, came one month after a 17-year-old ethnic Armenian was stabbed to death on the platform of the Pushkinskaya metro station in central Moscow.

MT, AP