Tag: ethnic tension

Moscow Preparing to Play Citizenship Card in Estonia and Latvia

October 1, 2014

Staunton, September 28 – Just as it did in Ukraine, Moscow is preparing again to play the citizenship card in Estonia and Latvia, muddying the waters as to who is “a Russian” and who is thus part of Vladimir Putin’s “Russian world” and worthy of Moscow’s defense whether any of them want that “defense” or […]

Belarus or Northern Kazakhstan Could Be Next Eastern Ukraine, Tishkov Says

June 2, 2014

Staunton, 1 June – If the leaders of Kazakhstan or Belarus adopt policies like those Ukraine did, there is no guarantee that those two countries might suffer the fate that the eastern regions of Ukraine are now facing, according to Valery Tishkov, director of the Moscow Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology and a former Russian […]

Despite Promises, Putin Has Done Little for Ethnic Russian Refugees from Chechnya

May 5, 2014

Staunton, May 5 – Despite his promotion of himself as “the ingatherer of the Russian lands” and “the defender of ethnic Russians” wherever they live, Vladimir Putin has failed to live up to his frequent promises to help the 100,000 ethnic Russians who fled Chechnya during the conflict and have not been able to return, […]

Video of Night Attack on Muslim Prayer House

October 22, 2013

Police are searching for vandals who threw bottles with flammable liquid into a prayer house, using a videotape from a security camera at the scene. Investigators are studying frames of the video which clearly show how vandals threw Molotov cocktails through the window of the building. It is possible that this videotape will help detain […]

They Are Trying to Blow Up Your Brain

Yesterday, a suicide bomber targeted a bus in Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, killing 6 people. This was the first article that The Interpreter encountered, published on the pro-Kremlin Izvestia within hours of the explosions, not long after authorities began to release additional information about the identity of the bomber. Officials now say that the bomber, Nadia […]

More Anti-Immigrant Riots in Moscow

October 21, 2013

On Friday night, there were more anti-immigrant riots in southern Moscow, this time in the southwest suburb of Lyubertsy (map). This follows last week’s riots in Biryulyovo (map), which have heightened ethnic tensions across the country. Nationalists also led riots in St. Petersburg on Sunday. – Ed. In Lyubertsy, just outside Moscow, police prevented a […]

Live Updates: Bus Bombing in Volgograd, Russia

An explosion has ripped through a bus near the southern city of Volgograd (map), in the volatile North Caucasus region. Updates are below. Click here to jump to the end of the page where we have posted summary and background information. October 22, 1945 GMT: The passport mystery continues (see previous updates below), but a close […]

Director of the Vegetable Warehouse in Biryulyovo Arrested

October 17, 2013

The southern Moscow district of Biryulyovo was the site of race riots after the murder of a Muscovite by a migrant. A wave of protesters descended upon a vegetable warehouse and a nearby shopping center, both of which are often populated by immigrants. Pro-Kremlin news outlets and nationalist leaders have both been pushing the narrative […]

The Narrative of the Moscow Race Riots

October 15, 2013

On Sunday 13 October, in the Moscow district of West Biryulyovo, massive street riots broke out – the largest nationalist action in the capital since the clashes on Manezh Square in 2010. Hundreds of people rampaged through the Biryuza shopping center and a local vegetable warehouse, throwing up barricades and fighting with riot police. The […]

Starshinov: We Shouldn’t Go Over the Top with Tolerance

August 13, 2013

The First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Nationalities believes that the government policy on inter-ethnic relations is not efficient because it is not supported by actions of the executive. Despite all the attention of the country’s leadership on the issue of inter-ethnic relations, recently conflicts between people of different ethnicities have become more frequent […]