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RUSSIAN RACISM RISES|
Despite Russia being made the host for the supposedly multiculti footie World Cup in 2018, 5,000 young ultranationalists and xenophobes demonstrated violently in Moscow against undue concessions to the darker-skinned non-Slavic ethnics of southern Russia, leaving at least 30 injured and 1,000 arrested or detained (Associated Press, 16 xii; Kyiv Post, 16 xii). Mobs of skinheads savagely beat dozens of passersby in the streets and on the subway, leaving blood on the ground and swastikas scrawled on the walls.
The rally began as a protest against the killing of a member of the Spartak Moscow soccer team's fan club, who was shot with rubber bullets during clashes with Caucasus natives at a bus stop in early December. Spartak fans claimed corrupt policemen detained one suspected killer following the fight, but released others because they had powerful backers in the Caucasus.
President Dmitry Medvedev denounced the latest ructions as “a pogrom.” Riaot police prevented clashes in Krasnodar and Rostov-on-Don, southern Russian cities with large non-Slavic populations where ethnic clashes had been frequent in recent years, officials said. Premier Putin, 58, promised to bring such racism under control, saying liberal critics “with their weak beards” should realize the importance of riot police; but opposition groups claimed that pro-Kremlin youth organizations actually hired soccer fans and ultranationalists to carry out attacks on Kremlin critics.
At one point during the Moscow rioting (which was mirrored in St Petersburg, with crowds chanting “Russia for the Russians!”) the Moscow police chief (of a force not known for softly-softly tactics) was seen chatting meekly to the rioters’ leader (in a balaclava).A degree of collusion between Russia’s neo-Nazis and the police seemed likely – in token of which most rioters were quickly released.
Ironically, the neo-Nazis’ presumed idol, Hitler, had been keen to be pals with the Muslims and other swarthy Caucasians of Russia’s soft underbelly; so it was Stalin who had shipped them off to Siberia.
The mountain people of the 21st-century Caucasus were often of mixed Turkic origin. They tended to be pretty different from Slavs in temperament as well as in external appearance. They were not popular in Russia because of their high criminality. Russians often called them ‘Blacks.’
A picture of Putin’s delightful reputed young mistress, flame-haired and wasp-waisted gymnaste and MP (for Putin’s United Russia party) Alina Kabayeva, 27, wearing a £21K gold Balmain dress, was issued in the Daily Telegraph, 15 xii.