Muscovites bring flowers to commemorate slaughtered girl, nationalists demand visas for Central Asia

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MOSCOW. March 1 (Interfax) – Muscovites are bringing flowers to the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station to commemorate a young girl, whose nanny was detained near the metro station on Monday with the girl’s head in her hands.

There are lots of flowers, some with black ribbons, soft toys, chocolate, candies and candles near the entrance to the metro station.

Pedestrians stop near the improvised memorial, cross themselves, many are crying, and a majority demands severe punishment for the suspected killer. Some are not aware of the crime and ask what has happened there.

The decapitated body of a four-years-old girl was found after a fire in an apartment on Narodnogo Opolcheniya Street in Moscow on February 29. Later on, the girl’s nanny, 38-years-old Gulchekhra Bobokulova from Uzbekistan, was detained near the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station with the girl’s head in her hands. She admitted to murdering the girl, including during the crime reenactment.

Nationalists demanded a visa regime for residents of Central Asian and South Caucasian countries after the child slaughter, of which the nanny from Uzbekistan is suspected.

“We have submitted a petition to the Presidential Administration and the State Duma to demand a visa regime for Central Asia and the South Caucasus and a strict control over migrants and their work patents,” right-wing radical Dmitry Demushkin told Interfax on Tuesday.

The nationalists also demand punishment for the police officers “who did nothing for about one hour as they were looking at a woman in hijab who was shouting, Allah Akbar,” he said.

An informed source told Interfax that the police had stepped up the prevention of a possible outbreak of xenophobia amongst the young after the murder of the young girl in northwestern Moscow.

The measures were taken on Monday “for fear that radical nationalist groups might become active due to the high-profile crime,” he said. The preventive measures are mostly taken as regards leaders of youth movements, he said.