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Russian Ethnic Conflicts Lead To Violence

The Soviet Union endeavored to create an image of a Russian people who were united regardless of their ethnic background. Students were not merely invited from African and Asian nations, but frequently had an all expenses paid education at Russian universities. But, once the Soviet Union collapsed the facade of an apparent prejudice free nation collapsed and ethnic anger and fights have become common in modern Russia. A few days ago in Moscow, fighting erupted between ethnic Russians and people who came from the Caucasus regions of the nation. Several of the “foreigners” were beaten so severely they wound up in the hospital after a dozen people armed with knives and broken bottles fought one another.

This was the third brawl within a week between ethnic Russians and people who had darker skin colors. In another incident, 40 people of “non-Slavic appearance” beat up two people of “ethnic Russian” appearance.

It is clear most of these ethnic conflicts are between young men who were born after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The fighting reflects failure on the part of Russian education to deal with issues of multiculturalism. Ignorance and ancient prejudices are open in modern Russia and it is time for its leaders to recognize their responsibility to use education as a means of confronting the ugly hatred which lies below the surface of indifference.

Racism In Moscow Leads To Deaths!

A man from Uzbek was stabbed to death in Moscow yesterday making him the fourth dark-skinned person to be killed in the city during the past five days. A group of assailants attacked Khunshid Khudaikulov and killed him. Police noted the dead man’s wallet had not been touched which means he was murdered because of who he was, not because of the money he carried. On Saturday, a group of young men armed with knives attacked two natives of Kyrgz killing one and critically injuring the other.

Since January 1 of this year, 23 dark-skinned people have been killed in Russia and more than 50 injured in this latest bigoted violence against those whose skin is not white. One of the tragedies of modern Russia was that even under communism, prejudice against those with dark skin was common. Russia has never engaged in educational programs to foster understanding of those with differing skin color or ethnicity.