18 March 2009

Ethnic Violence in Russia: 2008 Numbers by Reader Request

A reader writes in:

...for my undergrad thesis I am doing foreign migration's influences on hate groups in Russia. I am going to make a chart, but I cannot find the number injured or the number killed, and/or the total for 2008. Usually the SOVA center published yearly stats, but I can't find them anywhere on the site. I would like to use this source because all of my other stats come from SOVA as well.
SOVA has published this information here, but it's only available in Russian. Here's a quick translation of the basic findings into English, for you and other readers who might be interested:
In 2008, there were no fewer than 525 victims of racist and xenophobic violence; 97 of these victims were killed. These numbers are minimal estimates of violence, excluding incidents occurring in the north Caucasus, massive brawls, attacks with a financial motive and assaults involving the use of a firearm (except in instances where racist motives were declared by law enforcement agencies), and other types of dispute-related altercations.


Overall, in 2008, racist and neo-Nazi attacks were recorded in 44 regions. The main centers of violence, as before, are the Moscow (57 murders and 196 injuries) and St. Petersburg (15 murders and 38 injuries) regions. After a two-year break, neo-Nazis have become active again in Voronezh (2 murders and 18 injuries), once again taking third place in these miserable ratings.


The main victims of xenophobic aggression are natives of Central Asia (49 murders, 108 injuries) and the Caucasus (23 murders, 72 injuries). However, for those with non-Slavic features, there is no insurance against racist attacks, nor are representatives of leftist youth movements or alternative youth subcultures (punks, goths, emos, etc.) safe, as neo-Nazis consider them "traitors to the white race."
The report goes on to list examples of everyday racism, vandalism and other manifestations of xenophobia and extremism, followed by comparative tables at the bottom of the post.

Anyway, good luck with that thesis, dear reader! And if you get a chance, I'd love to see the results as would, I imagine, other MTBE readers. So keep us posted, okay?


Anonymous said...

Hi, Buster.

You are doing a good job, but you are reporting only one side of ethnic violence in Russia.

However, not the less number of Russians are victims of xenophobic aggression from other ethnic groups of CIS.

There's a book about the "dark side" of Russia's xenophobia, which is often underreported by media, written by a profound Russian journalist Dmitry Sokolov-Mitrich: "Not Tajik girls. Not Chechen boys."

You can download it here:

Hope it'll help you to form unbiased view on what happens in Russia.


Buster said...

Read the book already. It's simplistic nationalist garbage--soft DPNI propaganda in the guise of objective reporting. I won't bother with a proper review of it for the same reason that I wouldn't sit down and try to reason with Lou Dobbs.

But thanks for trying!

Anonymous said...

Buster, hello again.

Imagine the situation. Person A kills person B.

Now, let the A belong to the set of people C and B belong to the set of people D.

Now, we have a book which summarizes murders of people from the set "D" by people from the set "C".

And it's very interesting.

If "D" are migrants and "C" are the Russians, it's Rise of Ethnic Violence in Russia, of Xenophobia and Fascism. The book is absolute must-read for any person with conscience and ideals.

If "D" are Russians and "C" are migrants, it's nothing serious, no point for concern. The book is DPNI propaganda, and isn't worth of reviewing or even mentioning.

Thank you for explaining, I lacked of this point.


Anonymous said...

In Leningrad Oblast a family of migrant workers from Middle Asia -- father and son -- raped a 13-years old girl.


Of course, it's DPNI propaganda and nationalistic garbage.

Wish you to sleep well, Buster.


Rumela said...

The Russian elite has strong interests in the region. The Northern Caucasus republics are transit routes for Central Asian oil and gas, and are considered vital to Moscow’s defence policy. In addition, the secession of one of these provinces would threaten the opening up of independence movements in Russia’s other ethnic and national minority republics, such as Tatarstan.