A Zambian student studying in Russia has bemoaned the rate at which racially motivated crimes are escalating in that country.
In a letter addressed to MUVI TV news, the student, who prefer anonymity claims that life in Russia for black people is a nightmare. He further claims that people of color have to grapple with discrimination and racial remarks behind the backdrop of increasing hate crimes.
The letter claims that in Russia anything can happen to black people who are in constant fear.
It further claims that black people are constantly mocked as they walk in the streets of Russia by people chanting racial slogans.
The letter comes following a video footage aired by MUVI TV showing the body of a Zambian student being fished out of the lake. The Zambian, who had been missing for six months and discovered during the Easter holidays, has since been identified as Lance Mate.
Sources reveal that the Zambian embassy in Russia had sent some officials to Kazan State where Mate was studying. His parents were informed that there was nothing the embassy could do as the matter is in the hands of the Russian government.
But the Russian Ambassador to Zambia, Boris Malakhov has distanced his country from allegations of escalating racial violence there. Mr. Malakhov says most of the cases involving neo racists in his country have been dealt with.
The Russian ambassador has however expressed regret over the death of Mate saying Russian police will investigate the matter for justice to prevail. He says the incident should not be perceived as a hate crime.