Tang Quoc Binh from Hai Duong Province was killed after leaving a friend’s dormitory at Moscow’s Plekhanov University.

Binh was rushed to hospital but died early Saturday.

Local media has reported the attackers could be Russian skinheads.

In October 2004, 20-year-old Vu Anh Tuan, a Vietnamese student at St. Petersburg Polytechniques University, was stabbed to death by a group of skinheads, according to students who witness the incident.

In 2006, a court acquitted 17 people who had been charged with Tuan’s murder because of a lack of evidence.

Nguyen Xuan Vang, head of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Department of International Education Development, told the newswire VnExpress.net that the Ministry was helping Binh’s family fly to Russia.

“We are putting out warnings that students should not be walking alone at night,” Vang was quoted as saying.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia is working with local authorities on the case and will hold a funeral for the student.

A local newswire reported late Sunday that the investigation department under Russia’s highest Prosecutor’s Office has begun an official investigation into the case.

Thanh Nien News - January 12, 2009