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The neo-Nazis assailants approached Mikhail Altshuller, asked him a random question and then began to beat him as the train passed between two stations, according to a statement from the Russian Jewish Congress.
During the attack, the teens shouted nationalist slogans before fleeing when the train stopped at the next station. After the attack, Altshuller identified to police the male suspects. Police detained two of the under-age suspects, one of whom has a criminal record.
Altshuller, a singer and instrumental soloist for a Jewish musical group, suffered a concussion and bruised ribs in the attack.
“Judging that the police reacted quickly and that they were convinced of their conclusions, it is likely that the case will be appropriately assigned and sent to court,” Altshuller said in a statement released by the Congress, but it isn’t clear yet if the suspects will be charged under hate crimes statutes.
Altshuller is an award winner at international Jewish music festivals.