A Russian jury convicted on Thursday a young Muslim man of killing an ethnic-Russian football fan whose murder last year sparked some of the worst ethnic violence in Moscow since the fall of the Soviet Union.

The death of Yegor Sviridov brought thousands of nationalist-minded youth on to the streets where they attacked non-Slavic passers-by in December.

The jury said Aslan Cherkesov fatally shot Sviridov during a brawl between Russian youths and the six defendants, all migrants from the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region.

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