"A criminal group of a racist and xenophobic character murdered Peruvian student Enrique Arturo Angeles Hurtado," the ministry said in statement faxed to The Associated Press.
A letter of "formal protest" was sent Wednesday morning to the Russian Embassy in Lima "requesting that the authorities of that country carry out an exhaustive, impartial, objective and speedy investigation to clearly identify the authors of this hate crime," the statement said.
Russian authorities said that Hurtado, and two friends another Peruvian and a Spaniard who also attended Voronezh State University were attacked Sunday by about 15 local youths at a sports complex in the center of the city, some 475 kilometers (300 miles) south of Moscow.
Over the past six years, at least seven foreigners have been killed in apparently racially motivated attacks in Voronezh, where many foreign students attend university.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities