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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

8 Suspects Arrested in Race Murders

Police have arrested eight young men suspected of involvement in the murders of at least 20 dark-skinned foreigners, authorities said Tuesday.

The suspects were rounded up in a two-week police operation beginning Jan. 16, said Mikhail Ionkin, spokesman for the Moscow branch of the Investigative Committee.

Investigators believe that the suspects, who were not named, are members of a gang of skinheads led by Artur Ryno, a student from Yekaterinburg who was detained in May and confessed to 37 murders of dark-skinned people in a bid to "clean up the city."

Ryno later denied involvement in the murders.

One of the attacks Ryno initially admitted to was the April murder of Armenian businessman Karen Abramyan, who died after being stabbed 20 times.