October 22nd, 2006


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A group of young men stormed into a leading Moscow art gallery, destroying an exhibition of paintings by an ethnic Georgian artist and injuring its owner, the gallery owner said Sunday.

The incident took place amid a government crackdown on Georgians living in Russia following a spy dispute with Tbilisi. It was the latest in a series of attacks against foreigners and those with a non-Slavic appearance, highlighting concerns about growing nationalism and xenophobia in Russia.

"They stormed into the gallery, made the girls stand against the wall, began smashing everything down, then burst into my office and started beating me up and then they left," Guelman, 45, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview, adding that he had to undergo surgery for face injuries.