Stas is forced to visit Mahdi and chat with him, without too long consideration he says that without deeper familiarization with the prophet (Mahdi) teachings he refuses to abandon to his christian faith, despite Greek's warning and the passable consequence of life lose risk.
Russian Muslims swarm Moscow for ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ (PHOTOS)
RT.com 26 October, 2012, 16:48
Muslims in Russia are celebrating the Feast of Sacrifice, an Islamic holiday dedicated to the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). More than 150,000 prayers are taking place across Moscow at traditional prayer halls, and unconventional spots like golf courses.
The main celebration of Eid al-Adha – known as Kurban Bayram in Russia – began at Moscow’s Cathedral Mosque at 8:30am local time. Despite the cold and rainy weather, worshipers gathered outside of mosques in the pre-dawn hours. Since there was limited space in the prayer halls, thousands poured out onto the streets as a mixture of rain and snow fell.
Six sites near mosques and in designated locations were set to host Muslims in the Russian capital. Some 3,000 law enforcement officers were deployed to guard the sites. For security reasons, worshipers were not allowed to bring large bags or packs to the sites. Metal detectors were also set up to scan for potentially dangerous objects or weapons.
The sheer volume of cars and people created kilometer-long traffic jams on streets neighboring the mosques. Thousands of Muscovites had a severe case of road rage, saying they could not get to work or drop children off at school on time because Muslims were marching in the streets to prayers, causing traffic jams.
Moscow residents who live near the mosques also said the celebrations seem slightly noisier than in previous years.
Public prayers had finished by noon, and the huge crowds dispersed and traffic in Moscow returned to normal levels. Police reported that the celebrations passed peacefully without any major incidents.
Muslim worshipers have also been known to slaughter sacrificial animals for Eid in the streets of Moscow, a practice that has been banned in recent years. Leaders of the Muslim community of Moscow argue that these and other public disturbances are due to an insufficient number of mosques in the city.
For a number of years, Islamic leaders have asked city authorities to allow for more mosques to be built – a proposition that even won support from former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov. But the move was met with widespread protest, with Muscovites holding a number of demonstrations against the construction of new mosques. Mayor Sergey Sobyanin bowed to public pressure and put the proposal on hold.
This year’s Eid al-Adha festival fell on October 26. The holiday is celebrated on the tenth day of the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar in all Muslim countries.
The festival marks the end of the hajj for Muslims making their pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which every Muslim is expected to undertake at least once in their life. The hajj is a multi-day ceremony that finishes on the day of Eid al-Adha.
MOSCOW, November 4 (Marc Bennetts, RIA Novosti) - Thousands of Russian nationalists and ultra-conservative Orthodox activists marched along a central Moscow embankment on Sunday to protest mass immigration and demand tougher internal travel restrictions on people from the country’s mainly Muslim North Caucasus.
“Russia for Russians, Moscow for Muscovites,” chanted protesters, many with their faces covered by scarves or surgical masks, as a police helicopter hovered above. Police said 25 people were arrested for displaying Nazi symbols as the march started.
“Immigrants show no interest in assimilating into Russian society,” said Sergei, a 25-year-old office worker, who declined to give his surname. “If things don’t change, we could see massive ethnic clashes,” he said, as protesters gathered opposite Gorky Park.
Police said some 6,000 people had attended Sunday’s approved march, but organizers put this figure at 10,000.
Unsanctioned nationalist rallies also took place across the country, with dozens of arrests reported in St. Petersburg, the Tatar capital, Kazan, and Yekaterinburg in the Urals.
Russia’s myriad nationalist groups have gathered every year in Moscow on National Unity Day since the public holiday was instituted in 2005. But this is the first time in four years the so-called “Russian March” has been held in the city center.
Sunday’s march, which wound past the Christ the Savior Cathedral, was headed by religious activists wearing black “Orthodoxy or death” t-shirts and holding aloft religious icons and crosses.
“I am against immigration,” said Leonid Simonovich-Nikshich, the white-bearded head of the militant Union of Orthodox Banner-Bearers movement. “And I am against the idea of tolerance and political correctness – the Bible makes no mention of tolerance.”
There was no violence reported on the march, but leftist activists later said they had been attacked by a group of about 30 nationalists at a metro station near Red Square.
“Nationalists chanting ‘Glory to Russia!’ attacked my fellow anti-fascist activists and threw one of them onto the tracks,” Revolutionary Socialist Movement member Isabel Magkoeva told RIA Novosti. She said three activists had been taken to hospital after the attack. A Moscow police spokesperson said they had received no reports of violence at the station.
The head of Russia’s Federation of Migrants Muhammad Amin Majumder slammed last week the decision to allow nationalists to rally in the city center on National Unity Day.
“The march could split society,” he told RIA Novosti. “There are millions of Russians who do not share the nationalists’ views.”
Racial tensions in Russia have been exacerbated by mass labor immigration from former-Soviet Central Asian republics such as Tajikistan, and by frequent clashes in Moscow and other major cities between ethnic Russians and youths from the North Caucasus.
Nationalists point to high crime rates among illegal immigrants as proof that the Kremlin’s migration policies have failed. Moscow investigators said earlier this year that illegal immigrants were responsible for around one-third of reported rapes in the city.
Anger over how the police handled the investigation into the killing of ethnic Russian football fan Yegor Sviridov by a group of youths from the North Caucasus resulted in some 5,000 nationalists and football hooligans rioting outside the Kremlin walls in December 2010. Nationalist groups also accuse the Kremlin of seeking to pacify the volatile North Caucasus region with disproportionate federal budget funding.
The police have claimed success at breaking up neo-Nazi groups in the Moscow region. But race-hate crime figures remain high: 20 people were killed and at least 130 wounded in racially motivated attacks across Russia last year, according to the Sova center for research into nationalism and racism.
Some at Sunday’s march even expressed sympathy with Anders Breivik, the ultra-right Norwegian terrorist who in 2011 killed over 70 people, many of them teenagers, in what he called an attempt to save the country from multiculturalism.
“What else could he do?” said Igor Baranov, a 20-year-old student. “It was a cry of desperation. The same thing could easily happen here if the authorities don’t act.”
President Vladimir Putin has described himself as a nationalist, and in January pledged to crack down on “aggressive, provocative and disrespectful” internal migrants who fail to respect “the customs of the Russian people.”
But he also warned against promoting the creation of a “mono-ethnic, national Russian state,” calling it “the shortest path to both the destruction of the Russian people and Russia’s sovereignty.” However, an opinion poll carried out in August by the independent, Moscow-based Levada Center indicated that 41 percent of Russians agree to some extent with the nationalist slogan “Russia - only for Russians.”
Opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, who spoke at last year’s Russian March, apparently sought to distance himself from this year’s event. His spokeswoman said last week that while Navalny, head of the anti-Putin movement’s newly formed opposition council, would attend, he was not planning to address the crowd. But Navalny tweeted on the eve of this year’s march that he had come down with “flu.”
Ethnic Russians ‘Suffering’
“Putin may be an ethnic Russian, but he does not operate in the interests of his own people,” said Vladimir Tor, one of the organizers of the march, when RIA Novosti visited him in his plush downtown Moscow office ahead of the event. “He acts in the interests of the oligarchs and his own security elite, people from the former KGB.”
“Ethnic Russians are suffering,” added Tor, 44, one of the five nationalists in the opposition council. “All other ethnic groups in our country have their own republic within Russia, but there is no republic for ethnic Russians.”
Tor’s National Democratic Party said earlier this year that the party had been “almost entirely cleansed of so-called skinhead elements” and Tor, an articulate, well-dressed businessman with a neat goatee, has little in common with popular images of far-right thugs.
But his rhetoric is familiar, echoing the ideas of nationalist groups across Europe.
“I am absolutely against immigration,” he said, sitting in front of a large map of Russia. “Sociological studies demonstrate that mass immigration from countries with different cultures, ethnic groups, and religious beliefs causes problems.”
“We can see this most clearly right now in France, where we see a conflict between the traditional population and immigrants from Africa and the Arab world,” he goes on. “It’s possible that Europe has crossed the point of no return, as far as immigration goes. We do not wish Russia to share the same fate.”
And although he condemned the race-hate violence that has claimed the lives of over 200 people of “non-Slavic appearance” since 2008, Tor said the killings amounted to “an insignificant” proportion of the some 30,000 murders that take place in Russia each year.
“It would be really surprising, actually, if they did not occur,” he said.
Tor stressed that large-scale race-hate disturbances would be unavoidable if the Kremlin fails to address the concerns that millions of Russians have over immigration.
“I would prefer this problem to be resolved by parliamentary means. And I see no reason why it cannot be,” he said. “But the fewer the legal means to solve the issue, the more violence there is on the streets.”
First I thought those Nationalists are scum, but I realize more and more that their motives aren't that bad at all. Slavs should be shielded against non-Slavs from Caucasus and former Soviet republics respectively; the mental difference between them isn't smaller than between South Slavs and Albanians.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 12, 2012 12:49:13 GMT -5
Putin Seeks Tighter CIS Passport Rules.
MOSCOW, December 12 (RIA Novosti) – President Vladimir Putin called on Wednesday for tighter passport regulations for citizens of former Soviet states crossing Russia’s borders, in a bid to balance Russia's need for more foreign workers with increasing public concern over illegal migration.
In his first state of the nation address since reelection in March, Putin called for an end to the practise of allowing CIS citizens to enter Russian territory with only their national (internal) passports.
“We still have the practice where citizens of CIS countries come to Russia using their national passports,” Putin said in his speech broadcast on state TV. “Entrance to Russia must be allowed for holders of international passports only, and not the national passports of other countries, by no later than 2015,” Putin said.
“It is almost impossible to secure migration control in the conditions where citizens of other countries use their national passports,” Putin said.
Most former Soviet republics, including Russia, retain the internal passport, which in the USSR functioned as an ID card, and record of place of registration and other important information.
Under current agreements, Russia allows visa-free entrance to national passport holders from the CIS countries, including Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
He offered concessions, however, for states that join the Customs Union, the recently-formed free-trade zone of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.
Earlier this week Putin defended moves toward post-Soviet integration such as the Customs Union, describing it as a “natural process” driven by mutual economic interests. Russia has been calling for more CIS countries to join the union, a process regarded with concern by Washington.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the new process of post-Soviet integration earlier this month, in an article published by the Financial Times. “It’s going to be called a customs union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that. But let’s make no mistake about it,” Clinton wrote, branding the move as “re-Sovietisation.”
Immigration from the post-Soviet space remains a contentious issue in Russia, with many ordinary Russian citizens resenting what they see as an uncontrolled influx of foreigners taking their jobs away. But the business community sees the inflow of workers as essential, as the falling population has driven down the labor force to levels where shortages exist in many trades and unemployment is at a record post-Soviet low.
Putin also asked the Cabinet to submit proposals for development of distance learning of the Russian language outside the country.
"It is important to support schools in CIS states and other countries that teach Russia, help their teachers, provide textbooks and finance," Putin said.
Between 11 and 14 million labor migrants a year come to Russia, 77 percent of them from CIS countries (20 percent from Ukraine, 15.6 percent from Uzbekistan and 11 percent from Kazakhstan), Federal Migration Service (FMS) Head Konstantin Romodanovsky said in October.
The number of illegal migrants in Russia stands between three and five million – most of them from the former Soviet states, the FMS says.
Putin acknowledged Russia needs an inflow of workers. “It needs smart, educated, hardworking people – who don’t want just to earn some money and go away – but want to move to Russia, settle here and consider Russia as their homeland,” Putin said.
He also called on the State Duma to push forward amendments toughening punishment for illegal migration and violations of the residency registration rules.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 14, 2012 13:58:36 GMT -5
Putin Supports Media Ban on Ethnicity of Suspects.
MOSCOW, December 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday expressed his support for the idea of banning the media from reporting the ethnicity or religion of suspects and convicts.
Moscow City Duma Speaker Vladimir Platonov, who put forward the proposal, requested Putin’s support for the initiative at the head of state's meeting with the Council of Legislators.
“I agree with you, a criminal has no nationality: does it really matter to what ethnic group an offender belongs?” Putin said. “I don’t want to interfere, but if I receive it [the law] in its final version, I will of course support it.”
Putin added that justice must be served regardless of the suspect's ethnicity.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 21, 2012 13:11:47 GMT -5
Putin Opposes Headscarves in Russian Schools.
MOSCOW, December 20 (RIA Novosti) - President Vladimir Putin spoke against the wearing of hijabs at Russian schools Thursday saying that the practice runs counter to Russian traditions.
“Why should we adopt outside traditions?” Putin said during a marathon question-and-answer session with Russian and foreign reporters on Thursday.
A test case of Russia’s hijab policy emerged in October, when Muslim parents in a village in Russia’s southern Stavropol Region complained to prosecutors over a ban on headscarves at their daughters’ school. The parents said the ban violated their daughters’ constitutional rights to receive an education and practice their religion.
Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported on Tuesday that Stavropol governor Valery Zerenkov signed regulations banning school students from wearing headscarves as well as “immodest” dress such as shorts and low-cut dresses.
Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov had previously said wearing headscarves did not violate any law on education.
It was not immediately clear whether the headscarf ban applies to all educational institutions in the district or only state-run schools.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 11, 2013 11:57:00 GMT -5
Russia Allows Hijab on Work Permit Photos.
MOSCOW, January 11 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s Federal Migration Service (FMS) will now allow applicants for employment permits to be photographed with their head covered, if required by their religious beliefs, the Dozhd TV channel reported.
A decree, signed by FMS chief Konstantin Romondanovsky, stipulates that “persons, whose religious beliefs forbid appearance in public with their head uncovered, are allowed to be photographed in headwear that leaves their face fully open.”
The decree brings photo requirements for migrant workers into compliance with requirements for Russian ID photos.
The Russian Interior Ministry authorized Russian Muslims to wear headscarves in photos for internal passports in 2003.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 13, 2013 11:58:32 GMT -5
Moscow to Set Up Volunteer Patrols to Enforce Immigration Law.
MOSCOW, February 12 (RIA Novosti) - Special volunteer patrols will be created in Moscow to assist the Federal Migration Service (FMS) with enforcing immigration rules, Alexei Mayorov, the head of the Moscow city government regional security department, said on Tuesday.
The volunteer groups will help monitor compliance with immigration laws, the legitimacy of migrants’ residence and employment permits, participate in city patrols, check documents and detain illegal immigrants together with FMS officers.
Checks will be conducted on a daily basis at construction sites, outdoor markets, railway terminals and other spots across the city “popular” with migrants, Mayorov said.
FMS Moscow Department chief Olga Kirillova said patrol members will wear special uniforms, he said. The volunteer organization currently numbers some 300 people.
Migration is a contentious issue for Russians. Some social groups are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the growing numbers of foreign workers coming to Russia to live.
Russia Needs Annual Inflow of 300,000 Migrant Workers.
MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russia needs an inflow of over 300,000 migrant workers annually to meet the country’s demands for economic development, Konstantin Romodanovsky, the head of the Russian Federal Migration Service, said on Friday.
He said Russia currently needs a total of five to six million foreign workers, who must then be naturalized.
“If we look closely at the situation and at issues concerning demographics, as well as economic issues, every year we need over 300,000 migrants to come get naturalized and permanently live in Russia,” Romodanovsky said.
Migration is a contentious issue for Russia, with widespread disquiet in some sectors of society about the increasing numbers of foreign workers coming to Russia to live.
However, according to the 2012 International Migration Outlook, issued last year by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Russia is home to the world’s largest number of illegal migrants, accounting for almost seven percent of the country’s working population.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 22, 2013 11:41:34 GMT -5
Russia to strict migration control for social security: PM.
English.news.cn 2013-05-21 19:16:36
MOSCOW, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Russia needs a system to monitor and control the flow of migrant workers to secure social stability, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview released on Tuesday.
"We need to know who comes to us," Medvedev told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, adding it is "sanitary-epidemiological, economic, as well as security issue."
Admitting Russia needs "additional manpower," the prime minister noted that "all newcomers must respect our rules, our laws, traditions and have a good command of the Russian language."
In that case, the most important thing was to create a system that would make it possible to monitor the migration processes, which was being undertaken, he said.
Medvedev also insisted that the Russian economy is decent despite complicated global economic situation and obsolete structure of the national economy.
"Everything is more or less acceptable. Still we need growth of the better quality," Medvedev said, adding that his government considers the ways to heat the domestic consumption in order to avoid recession.
MOSCOW, May 30 (RIA Novosti) - Illegal migration poses a security threat to Russia as a conduit for the infiltration of militants and foreign intelligence agents, Federal Security Service (FSB) deputy head Alexander Roshchupkin said on Thursday.
“We expect the ongoing armed conflicts, in particular in Syria as well as the effects of the ‘Arab Spring’ to lead to an inflow of militants, who are now acquiring practical experience, via illegal migration channels,” he told a hearing at the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament.
Other threats stemming from illegal migration involve the activities of foreign intelligence services, he warned.
“It has been established beyond any doubt that the special services of foreign states are using illegal migration channels to conduct intelligence and ‘subversive’ activity to the detriment of Russian security,” Roshchupkin said, but did not elaborate.
The Federal Migration Service (FMS) estimates the number of illegal migrants in Russia around 3 million. According to the 2012 International Migration Outlook report issued last year by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Russia is home to the world’s largest number of illegal immigrants, accounting for almost seven percent of the country’s working population.
‘Like captured Germans in 1944’: Moscow cops convoy column of illegal immigrants.
RT.com May 31, 2013 13:14
Citizens of the Moscow suburb of Reutov have witnessed a previously-unseen procession of illegal aliens arrested by police at a local market. There were so many arrested that police had to form them into a column resembling POWs during WWII.
Police in Reutov suppressed a looming conflict at a local wholesale and retail market on May 27, arresting over a hundred of men armed with knives, metal rods and traumatic pistols, ready to set upon each other as a result of some kind of a conflict of interest between merchants. Many of the arrested turned out to be living and working in Russia illegally.
Because the number of detainees exceeded the capacity of local police prison trucks, officers had to convoy them to the police station on foot, demonstrating outstanding escort guard skills.
Once an amateur video of the incident made it on to the web, it exploded a bombshell in the Russian segment of the internet.
Young though Russian internet users might be, the likening of the illegal aliens to German POWs being escorted during WWII made it into Top-30 of the Russian Twitter trends.
“Prisoner guest workers in Moscow’s Reutov are being convoyed, hands up, faces frightened. This reminds me of German war prisoners,” wrote blogger dakarmos on LiveJournal.
The most renowned event of war prisoners marching through the Soviet capital was the historic ‘Parade of Losers’ (Big Waltz March), that took place in Moscow on July 17, 1944, when 57,000 German POWs marched through central Moscow.
Nearly 70 years ago, that was how the Soviet government showed the citizens of the capital and foreign diplomats residing in Moscow that the Red Army was winning the war. The march of German POWs left an indelible impression in the memory of contemporaries.
Once the economic situation in Russia began to markedly improve in the 2000s, citizens of neighboring countries began looking for a better life in Russia.
Less than a week before the incident in Reutov, Moscow police conducted an ‘Illegal Alien-2013’ operation, arresting over 600 illegals. But this is only a drop in the ocean, as the Federal Migration Service believes that as many as 3 million illegal immigrants are currently residing in Russia.
On May 22 Moscow police reported that over the four first months of the 2013 the number of crimes committed by illegal migrants has grown up by 42 per cent, whereas the hard crimes committed by migrants has grown by 72 per cent.
“Just imagine: if not for those migrant crime stats, Moscow would have the lowest crime rate in whole Russia,” commented Moscow Police Chief Anatoly Yakunin.
The violation of Russian migration law is subject to both administrative and criminal liability. Those who entered the country legally, but failed to obey migration rules or worked without a special permission face a punishment of up to 5,000 roubles ($US160) or expulsion from the country.
In December 2012, Russia moved to toughen punishment for illegal entry into the country. Under amendments signed by President Vladimir Putin, a foreigner who failed to leave Russia within 30 days after their entry visa expired may be banned from coming to the country for three years. A foreign citizen, who had been barred from entering Russia but still crossed the border, may face a fine of up to 300,000 roubles ($9,500), up to four years of compulsory labor or up to four years in jail.
In the meantime Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has warned that the uncontrollable flow of migrants might threaten national security as the illegal aliens might have not only criminal, but terrorist pasts.
"We have discovered that certain forces within the illegal migration actually conduct subversive and intelligence activities against the Russian Federation," stressed FSB Service One deputy head Aleksandr Roschupkin, speaking at parliamentary hearings in the upper house, the Federation Council.
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on May 30, 2013 by Igor Komaroff
Captive Nazi soldiers, officers and generals convoyed by Soviet warriors in Moscow, 1944. (RIA Novosti / Michael Trahman)
60 Arrests As Confrontation over Immigration Ends in Brawl.
MOSCOW, June 29 (RIA Novosti) – About 60 people were detained late Friday following a fight in the Russian capital apparently linked to the actions of an informal group of volunteers that campaigns against illegal immigrants, according to police.
The brawl broke out shortly after 8:00 p.m. when members of the Moscow Shield organization “checked the immigration status of citizens from the near abroad” at an address in northwest Moscow, a police spokesman said Saturday.
Footage apparently shot by Moscow Shield activists before fighting broke out shows men wearing masks and holding air pistols entering an underground building before rounding up a group of young men, who appear to be from Central Asia, in a yard outside.
About 60 people were subsequently arrested, including 25 Moscow Shield activists, police said.
Like Russia as a whole, Moscow is heavily dependent on migrant laborers, mainly from Central Asia, but large sections of society are opposed to increased levels of immigration.
All those arrested were later released, and two were fined for migration offenses, a police spokesperson said later on Saturday.
Moscow Shield, which appears to carry out searches for illegal immigrants before reporting violations to the authorities, announced the Saturday event in advance on its page on Vkontakte, the Russian social networking site. The description of the planned event read: “A big raid! Bring your friends! We can’t let any of the illegals get away!”
The organization did not respond to calls to the phone number on its Vkontakte page Saturday.
Immigration has become a focal point of the upcoming Moscow mayoral elections, with candidates calling for a tougher line on illegal immigration and on migrant workers who do not assimilate into Russian culture.
Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who is expected to win the September elections, has said that the overwhelming majority of crimes in the capital were committed by “visitors.” And in May, just prior to the announcement of his mayoral bid, he said in an interview that “people who speak Russian badly and who have a different culture are better off living in their own country."
60 Arrests As Immigration Status Confrontation Ends in Brawl
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has called for a 16-year-old native of the republic to be punished for a murder in the Saratov region.
Murder sparks nationalist rallies in Russian town.
RT.com July 10, 2013 03:41
Residents of the southeastern Russian town of Pugachyov staged a fourth day of mass protests on Wednesday demanding that ethnic Chechens be forcefully removed from the area after a local Russian man was stabbed to death, allegedly by a Chechen teenager.
Fifteen witnesses have been questioned over the matter.
Deputy Governor of the Saratov Region Denis Fadeev has met with the protesters and stressed that the local authorities won’t let the locals resort to lynching.
“We really want to put things right in the area, with the local residents. Trust me, we also want those who come here to live by the rules, to act by law and cultural traditions,” he explained.
During the meeting, locals demanded that all the Chechen population of the town should be evicted – even those acting within the law. The protesters also urged the authorities to shut down all the bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in the town.
On Tuesday, a crowd of protesters gathered in Pugachyov’s main square, demanding that authorities thoroughly investigate the incident and provide increased security throughout the town.
The demonstrators urged the local government to come out and speak to them. After their request was ignored, several hundred demonstrators marched on the motorway between the cities of Saratov and Samara, bringing traffic to a standstill.
Despite calling for increased security on the streets, protesters demanded that local authorities - including the local police head - be fired. They also tried to destroy and set fire to a nearby café which is popular among local North Caucasus natives.
Police attempted to stop the protesters, but it was only after the vice governor of Saratov region, Denis Fadeyev, arrived at the scene that people agreed to disperse. A crowd of angry locals then continued to a nearby community center to discuss their complaints with Fadeyev.
But the meeting failed to yield any meaningful results, according to local journalist Anton Naumlyuk. “The authorities have promised, the residents have asked. The investigation continues,” he tweeted.
He also tweeted that the residents vowed to resort to vigilante justice if the results of the investigation did not satisfy them.
The mass protests were sparked after a 16-year-old ethnic Chechen allegedly killed 20-year-old Russian paratrooper Ruslan Marzhanov in a brawl.
The fight reportedly erupted after the suspect hit on Marzhanov’s girlfriend, thereby angering the paratrooper. One week after the conflict – on July 6 – the two men met for a fight which resulted in the suspect stabbing the paratrooper with a scalpel. The victim died of multiple wounds after being transported to the hospital.
A criminal case was launched into the incident and the teenage suspect was arrested the same day. The 16-year-old has reportedly confessed to the killing.
Marzhanov’s friends and family staged a demonstration following his July 7 funeral. Around 100 protesters headed to an area of town heavily populated by ethnic Chechens, sparking clashes between the two sides. Police quickly arrived at the scene and were able to break up the fight.
Valery Radaev, governor of the Saratov region, has promised that the incident will be thoroughly investigated. He stressed that the person responsible for the murder will be punished according to the law, and urged residents not to resort to lynching.
Speaking at a demonstration, the victim’s mother said that she wants Chechens to return home to the North Caucasus. A representative of Russia’s Republic of Chechnya, Said Elesov, was present at the Tuesday rally and offered Marzhanov’s mother an apology.
Russia’s Civic Chamber also reacted to the events. “I’m sure that a special inter-departmental commission should be created after such a high-profile case, attracting the community and conducting a thorough investigation,” Civic Chamber member Vladimir Slepak said in a statement.
People gathered in Pugachyov's central square for the rally after a local resident was stabbed to death by a teenager from Chechnya (RIA Novosti)
13 Chechens Detained Amid Ethnic Strife in Russian Town – Official.
SARATOV, July 12 (RIA Novosti) – A senior investigator said Friday that 13 men, all ethnic Chechens, had been detained outside the small Russian town of Pugachyov, where a fatal stabbing has triggered nearly a week of angry anti-migrant protests.
One of the detained men, a 20-year-old cousin of the suspected stabber, was shot in the leg when he threatened an officer with a pitchfork, said Sergei Sedov, deputy chief investigator for the region, Saratov, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) southeast of Moscow.
The officers had approached the residence to check documents, Sedov said, adding that the pitchfork-wielder, identified as Ali Khaidayev, received first aid at the scene, in the village of Anin Verkh.
Khaidayev was not suspected in the earlier stabbing death because he had arrived in the region “to support his relatives” only two days before he was detained, Sedov said.
Government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta quoted Sedov as saying Khaidayev had come “to protect his relatives from skinheads.”
The 13 men were detained for failing to properly register with the migration service, Sedov said, adding that they were not considered suspects in the stabbing case. It was unclear whether Khaidayev would face further charges.
In a bid to cool interethnic tensions in Pugachyov, population 40,000, authorities and community leaders have introduced a liquor ban until July 19, sent out “radical” young people, and were reportedly trying to keep non-local nationalists at bay.
In at least five consecutive days of rallies, hundreds of residents have called for ethnic Chechens to be cast out of the town. The regional police department has dismissed the town’s police chief, Igor Lopatkin, and launched an investigation into “his activities.”
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a Chechen teenager fatally stabbed a 20-year-old former paratrooper outside a local cafe in a fight over a girl, prosecutors said.
Some media reports have identified the ethnicity of the blond-haired victim, Ruslan Marzhanov, as half Russian, half Tatar. The 16-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released, was promptly detained and confessed to the killing, prosecutors said.
Murder & car accident encourage ethnic protests in two cities.
Street protesters in a small town in Saratov Region are calling for Caucasians to be expelled from the area. It's the fourth day of protests, which began after a Chechen teenager allegedly stabbed a local man to death. Yesterday, thousands blocked a motorway, while one group tried to set fire to a cafe where Caucasians meet. And that's not the only place ethnic tensions are escalating. In Ekaterinburg, there were mass protests after police let go an Uzbek man who hit and seriously injured a boy while reversing his car. But as the protest became larger, police eventually did arrest the man.
Last Edit: Jul 14, 2013 16:41:31 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5