Crime-Conflict and Race-Racism in Russia
A recent report by the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy has found that nearly 60% of the more than ten thousand black people in Moscow have been physically attacked because of their race.
A BBC journalist was told that one Nigerian migrant had been repeatedly stabbed and then shot. Another said someone tried to remove his scalp.
The survey found Africans working or studying in the city live in constant fear of attack with many too afraid to go outside.
By the time I tried to go to the report on the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy’s website, it was already unavailable. The rest of their website worked fine.
The Chaplaincy interviewed 200 people. A quarter said they had been physically attacked more than once and around 160 said they had been verbally abused.
Russia has always been a very multi-cultural country. But there has also long been problems between different ethnic groups here. Certain ethnic Russians view central Asians as an underclass, and Africans with curious disgust. The worrying thing is that with the rise of right leaning and far right politics here, that trend is becoming more prevalent among the young, and much more violent.
We’re talking neo-Nazis here. Recently a group in the city of Perm near the Urals threatened to blow up their local cinema unless it stopped showing the so-called “extreme pro-Jewish bloodlust” World War Two film ‘Inglorious Bastards’. There are worrying crossovers in rhetoric between young Putin mobs like Nashi (in Russian the group’s name means ‘ours’), and the extreme right, which is treated with more tolerance than any liberal groups here.
This all comes at the same time as the 70th anniversary of the start of World War Two. Hitler never managed to get as far as Moscow, and certainly not the Urals. But here we are with this nonetheless.