Central Asian migrants in Russia facing threats, detention in wake of concert attack

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Even before Russian authorities officially charged four men from Tajikistan with terrorism for gunning down concertgoers and trapping others in a deadly inferno at a venue outside of Moscow, there were fears that public anger over the attack could be directed at the millions of Central Asian migrants living and working in the country. 

A few hours before the badly beaten suspects were hauled to court after their violent interrogations, the president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin that terrorists have “no nationality, no homeland and no religion.”

In the days since the attack, there have been reports of Central Asian

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