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Links 1 through 4 of 4 by Latoya Peterson tagged russia

"Yet the justifying of racist violence reminds me of all the times in history in which educated, middle-class people cheered on the violent behaviour of the alienated members of the lower classes, because they felt they could afford to. In today’s Moscow, many white intellectuals wax lyrical on racist violence, because they know that nationalists won’t come after them (yet). These same intellectuals also consider the race riots a kind of “real alternative” to the weak political opposition in Russia – as if opposition must be violent in order to be meaningful.

"I also feel that Russian theatre, in spite of its periods of stagnation, always has an opportunity to say what needs to be said at times when political and/or religious leaders engage in useless rhetoric. Hearing the Russian equivalent of “I’m not racist, but…” from some of the most interesting participants of the theatre scene today is just a tad disconcerting."

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"The shooting of Yegor Sviridov on 6 December has sparked the worst race riots Moscow has seen since the fall of the Soviet Union. The killing and beating of immigrants has increased, racist and anti-Semitic graffiti has proliferated, and the atmosphere is tense."

"Russia has a growing racism problem, with nationalist feelings increasingly stoked by the government since the collapse of the Soviet Union left an ideological vacuum. Yet many are beginning to wonder why tensions have finally boiled over. There are the conspiracy theories that say the unrest was stoked by the government of Vladimir Putin to prove the need for his authoritarian rule.

Others wonder whether nationalist groups are taking advantage of the weakened political climate following the dramatic firing of Moscow's veteran mayor, Yury Luzhkov, two months ago."

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"News that the 2018 World Cup will be played in Russia is stirring some alarm, as a rise in neo-Nazi activity and racist killings in the country have led many soccer fans of color to wonder aloud if Russia is an appropriate place to host the international tournament."

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"In June, Mr. Sagbo became the first black to be elected to office in Russia.

"In a country where racism is entrenched and often violent, Mr. Sagbo's election as one of Novozavidovo's 10 municipal councilors is a milestone. But among the town's 10,000 people, the 48-year-old from the West African country of Benin is viewed simply as a Russian who cares about his hometown."

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