On 27 January 2009, a twenty-four year old Nigerian was beaten at a bus stop near Metro Station Aviamotornaia.Serious question: does this type of virulent nationalism ever NOT come in a package deal with sexist ideas about the protection of women?
As the Nigerian was talking with his Russian girlfriend, a young man approached him and asked what was going on. Then the man called out to two of his friends and, with cries of “Russia, Russia!” they started to beat the Nigerian.
The attacked man incurred minor wounds to his face. He is certain that the attack was racially motivated.*
In better news, President Medvedev encouraged the Ministry of Internal Affairs to take up the problem of extremism:
The appearance of extremism has caused a great alarm in recent times. In the past year, despite a general decrease in crime, the number of extremist acts has increased practically three-fold. I won’t just state the obvious: that Russia in a multinational, multi-confessional country. These crimes are inflicting colossal damage, they are a systemic threat to the existence of our society. In accordance with my order, the MVD will create a special sub-unit on the prevention of extremism. I expect that this will accommodate a more efficacious level of work.Unfortunately, this was just after he pushed for a crack-down on migrant labor:
And another subject, a critical subject—illegal labor migration. It is known that crime among citizens who come from bordering countries grows from year to year, constantly it grows, and now the numbers are very difficult. Under conditions in which the labor market for foreign workers has decreased by half, not only do we face the possibility of the illegal use of the work force, but also a general worsening of the criminal situation.One step at a time, I guess... Or is it some other saying about steps that I'm looking for?
*All translations in this post are mine.