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DevonS
11-08-2008, 14:15
Hi,

I am a Canadian woman (28) currently teaching English in Paris. However, my visa (Working -Holiday) will expire in January, and it seems that it is next to impossible to renew.

So I am beginning to think of my next job....and I have always dreamed of visiting or living in Russia...However, I am biracial (my mother is white and my father is black...I look Spanish or Middle Eastern) ....and I know that a couple of years ago there was a significant increase in violent attacks against non-whites.

What is the situation like now? Would I be unsafe?

Gypsy
11-08-2008, 14:22
Hi,

I am a Canadian woman (28) currently teaching English in Paris. However, my visa (Working -Holiday) will expire in January, and it seems that it is next to impossible to renew.

So I am beginning to think of my next job....and I have always dreamed of visiting or living in Russia...However, I am biracial (my mother is white and my father is black...I look Spanish or Middle Eastern) ....and I know that a couple of years ago there was a significant increase in violent attacks against non-whites.

What is the situation like now? Would I be unsafe?Yes, you would be unsafe.

vladimir_seroff
11-08-2008, 16:03
Hi,

I am a Canadian woman (28) currently teaching English in Paris. However, my visa (Working -Holiday) will expire in January, and it seems that it is next to impossible to renew.

So I am beginning to think of my next job....and I have always dreamed of visiting or living in Russia...However, I am biracial (my mother is white and my father is black...I look Spanish or Middle Eastern) ....and I know that a couple of years ago there was a significant increase in violent attacks against non-whites.

What is the situation like now? Would I be unsafe?

Is it a "yes" or "no" question?

Read this article about racial crimes in LA:
Latino-vs.-black violence drives hate crimes in L.A. County to 5-year high - Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hatecrime25-2008jul25,0,7191743.story)

After reading the article, do you think you would be unsafe in LA?

I think we can only compare one place with another at any point in time.
I personally do not think it will be more unsafe for you in Moscow or St. Petersburg than in LA nowadays. This is just my opinion.

xSnoofovich
11-08-2008, 16:16
No - you will be fine. No worries.

honesty
11-08-2008, 16:23
There are thousands of biracial expats in Moscow so do not worry.....you will feel ok.....

xSnoofovich
11-08-2008, 16:42
Not to mention the fact that there are races of all colors in Moscow !

Reverend
11-08-2008, 18:19
Not to mention the fact that there are races of all colors in Moscow ! If you are Tajik they beat you up. If you are Georgian they beat you up and then kill you, if you are black they abuse you verbally and then beat you up, if you are Mediterranean they throw things at you, verbally abuse you, and then beat you up. Etc etc.

Don't let anyone fool you or tell you otherwise. There are many Racists in Russia and Moscow. Talk to a few people "of color" who have lived there. It just isn't safe.

Read the Moscow Times. Do a little internet research. Some little article on LA - ha! In LA you can report a hate crime and expect the police to at least take a report. In Moscow if you report it the Police beat you up and then charge you with a crime.

You can't trust the Russians on this site about it. They either are ignorant because they've never experienced it or they just want a shot at you, themselves. Probably the latter.

They notice shades of skin color that you or I would not. And they act on it.

xSnoofovich
11-08-2008, 18:36
If you are Tajik they beat you up. If you are Georgian they beat you up and then kill you, if you are black they abuse you verbally and then beat you up, if you are Mediterranean they throw things at you, verbally abuse you, and then beat you up. Etc etc.

Don't let anyone fool you or tell you otherwise. There are many Racists in Russia and Moscow. Talk to a few people "of color" who have lived there. It just isn't safe.



um - WHATEVER !

DevonS
11-08-2008, 22:19
Hi,

First of all thanks to everyone who responded...

I have been doing some research...which is what prompted me to ask the question in the first place...I encountered many articles about the sometimes fatal violence against foreigners in Russia...but some of the articles were a couple of years old...so I was wondering if the situation had improved at all...or if the articles were sensationalizing a problem that does not affect most people

Skinhead Violence Rising in Russia (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070910/zaitchik_ames)
Voices: Solving Racial Violence in Russia - The Lede - Breaking News - New York Times Blog (http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/voices-solving-racial-violence-in-russia/)
current.com/items/84906361_from_russia_with_hate
moscowthroughbrowneyes: Russia, Racial Democracy and the Specter of Ethnic Violence (http://moscowthroughbrowneyes.blogspot.com/2008/02/russia-racial-democracy-and-dark.html)
3 immigrants killed in Russia as ethnic violence continues - Los Angeles Times (http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/01/world/fg-russhate1)

These are some of the more recent stuff that I found...

What do you think...do these accurately depict the situation? I would love to hear from someone who is black or brown or visible asian...what has been your experience...

Thanks again

Bels
11-08-2008, 22:41
You could read such articles in The UK and France. BNP for example is big in France, but you were ok, weren't you. Of course when you come here, you should take care, travel in groups at night, don't go in the wrong areas, and careful when you cross the road. Nowhere's 100% safe, and even those who whatever colour who speak the English language need to be careful around certain groups.

Just come here and enjoy yourself, as you are more likely to have a car accident, or be pestered for your passport by the police, more than anything else. Sorry but I haven't even got a tan this year


Hi,

First of all thanks to everyone who responded...

I have been doing some research...which is what prompted me to ask the question in the first place...I encountered many articles about the sometimes fatal violence against foreigners in Russia...but some of the articles were a couple of years old...so I was wondering if the situation had improved at all...or if the articles were sensationalizing a problem that does not affect most people

Skinhead Violence Rising in Russia (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070910/zaitchik_ames)
Voices: Solving Racial Violence in Russia - The Lede - Breaking News - New York Times Blog (http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/voices-solving-racial-violence-in-russia/)
current.com/items/84906361_from_russia_with_hate
moscowthroughbrowneyes: Russia, Racial Democracy and the Specter of Ethnic Violence (http://moscowthroughbrowneyes.blogspot.com/2008/02/russia-racial-democracy-and-dark.html)
3 immigrants killed in Russia as ethnic violence continues - Los Angeles Times (http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/01/world/fg-russhate1)

These are some of the more recent stuff that I found...

What do you think...do these accurately depict the situation? I would love to hear from someone who is black or brown or visible asian...what has been your experience...

Thanks again

Transparent Theatre
12-08-2008, 01:10
There are nuts everywhere in the world.

Look at the number of killings and stabbings there have been in Britain (where I come from) recently? I mean, in the last 6 months??

If you come to Russia, the first things to remember are:
you're coming to a country which the rest of the world hates people are ready to believe any strange or weird story if you say it happened in Russia the foreign media is constantly looking for a chance to portray Russia in the worst way possible you will never, ever, ever, read a story in the foreign press which says anything good about Russia. Either the people there are "all poor" and everything is terrible, or they are "all criminals" and stole the money they have from the corpses of babies



Getting used to living with the lies and stupidity repeated about Russia goes with the territory of moving here ;)

Matt24
12-08-2008, 19:00
Bank National de Paris is huge in France, but not famed for a Racialistic Agenda, you're probably confusing them with Societe Generale? the British National Party not so popular in France mainly due to their anti anything that isn't British approach to life.

TGP
12-08-2008, 21:44
If you are Tajik they beat you up. If you are Georgian they beat you up and then kill you, if you are black they abuse you verbally and then beat you up, if you are Mediterranean they throw things at you, verbally abuse you, and then beat you up. Etc etc.

Don't let anyone fool you or tell you otherwise. There are many Racists in Russia and Moscow. Talk to a few people "of color" who have lived there. It just isn't safe.

Read the Moscow Times. Do a little internet research. Some little article on LA - ha! In LA you can report a hate crime and expect the police to at least take a report. In Moscow if you report it the Police beat you up and then charge you with a crime.

You can't trust the Russians on this site about it. They either are ignorant because they've never experienced it or they just want a shot at you, themselves. Probably the latter.

They notice shades of skin color that you or I would not. And they act on it.

What a horrible picture! It is worth of publishing somewhere in AP, AFP, and the like. Really, all Russians are racists, and their main fun is to beat colored people, if not something worse.

Russians got tired and even desparate in these efforts, but still fail to get rid of the colored. They are coming and coming to Russia, and I think it's only because it is so bl**dy dangerous for them to live here.

Bels
12-08-2008, 22:47
If you are Tajik they beat you up. If you are Georgian they beat you up and then kill you, if you are black they abuse you verbally and then beat you up, if you are Mediterranean they throw things at you, verbally abuse you, and then beat you up. Etc etc.

Don't let anyone fool you or tell you otherwise. There are many Racists in Russia and Moscow. Talk to a few people "of color" who have lived there. It just isn't safe.

Read the Moscow Times. Do a little internet research. Some little article on LA - ha! In LA you can report a hate crime and expect the police to at least take a report. In Moscow if you report it the Police beat you up and then charge you with a crime.

You can't trust the Russians on this site about it. They either are ignorant because they've never experienced it or they just want a shot at you, themselves. Probably the latter.

They notice shades of skin color that you or I would not. And they act on it.


Sure read the Moscow Times and other news in Russia, and you will find racial attacks reported. And then look at the news in Britain or France, and you will find the same. If it happened too often, they wouldn't be reporting it, and it wouldn't be news worthy.

Just give come to Moscow, and find out for yourself, and with a bit of commonsense you will be fine. Now just mind the roads, and don't get run over.

nyinrussia
15-08-2008, 11:55
Basically, they are some very racist people here however the majority is not. As a forienger in Russia you have to try to fit in as much as possible. Learning the language and culture is one step to that.

I have expats friends that after a certain time of day can not go alone for risk of a racial attack. Also using the metro alone would be risky for you. As many people think the media blows things out of proportion unfortunately I have seen these things with my own eyes at times

Reverend
15-08-2008, 12:00
Sure read the Moscow Times and other news in Russia, and you will find racial attacks reported. And then look at the news in Britain or France, and you will find the same. If it happened too often, they wouldn't be reporting it, and it wouldn't be news worthy.

Just give come to Moscow, and find out for yourself, and with a bit of commonsense you will be fine. Now just mind the roads, and don't get run over. In the States (and other countries) it is reported locally as it is news. Sure, if you read the paper you read about it.

In Russia, you only read about it in the Moscow Times because it is important information to the foreign community.

You won't read about it in the Russian press because it isn't news that is important to Russians - they approve of it.

Please do not speak to something with which you have no experience. I've known too many non-white people to be abused and assaulted. My guess is that your just a regular white/red Russian and you wish to ignore this or mislead others because it reflects poorly on the culture.

xSnoofovich
15-08-2008, 13:38
You won't read about it in the Russian press because it isn't news that is important to Russians - they approve of it.

Please do not speak to something with which you have no experience. I've known too many non-white people to be abused and assaulted. My guess is that your just a regular white/red Russian and you wish to ignore this or mislead others because it reflects poorly on the culture.

Ok, Russians don't approve of it, that is just nonsense.

I take it you are one of those people that are afraid of everything, and then use your fears to preach to other people about how unsafe everything is.

Sparkles
15-08-2008, 14:02
Judging from your self-description, I think you would be fine, no more at risk than any other expat.

I have had similar safety concerns living in many countries where I did not look like everyone else, and I'm highly senstive to it here, as my boyfriend is Caucasian and I'm always worried about skinheads, thugs etc. Being Polish-American, I just frown and blend right in :)

I can report that the police check ideas/harrass dark skinned people a whole lot less than they used to- never, in our case. Also, my boyfriend hasn't been harrassed, treated rudely, insulted so far. And he barely speaks Russian! I hesitated taking a job here for the same reason as you, but so far I have never felt like we made the wrong decision.

As others have stated, there are a lot of different ethnicities living in Moscow, including a lot of Asians/Central Asians and people of Turkic/caucasian descent. I've seen indians, africans, lots of different people both in the center and out in the edge of town where i live. No one looks at us funny (for being "inter-racial") and I know a lot of russian/azeri, russian/kazakh etc. etc. couples who also have no problems.

Hope this helps!

Reverend
20-08-2008, 02:01
The Moscow Times - 20 August 2008: "20 August 2008
By Robert Evans / Reuters
GENEVA -- A key United Nations rights body has voiced alarm at mounting racial violence in Russia and called on Moscow to take firm action against ultranationalist and neo-Nazi groups and hate speech in the media.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination also urged the government to hold an investigation into police repression of Georgians in Russia in 2006.

The committee said it was "gravely concerned about the alarming increase in the incidence and severity of racially motivated violence, especially by young people belonging to extremist groups."

The targets of violence and hate speech, it said, were Chechens and other people from the Caucasus, people from Central Asia, Roma, Meskhetian Turks, ethnic minorities of Jewish or Muslim faith and Africans.

The committee's report followed a discussion its 18 expert members held with a Russian delegation -- and with rights groups from the country -- earlier this month as part of a review of UN states' racism record.

Russian human rights activists said during the hearings that police often stood by when skinhead and neo-Nazi groups staged demonstrations against Jews, ethnic minorities or foreigners.

The committee said a "thorough investigation" was needed into events in 2006, which Tbilisi at the time said reflected official racism against Georgians, stoking tension between the two former Soviet states.

According to reports cited by the committee, Russian police rounded up hundreds of Georgians and ethnic Georgians with Russian citizenship, held them in packed jails and deported them to Georgia with little or no legal process.

The review was held before this month's conflict setting Russian and pro-Russian forces against Georgian troops in and around Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Roma also suffered from discrimination, the report said, asserting that courts around the country were ordering the destruction of well-established settlements while children attending school were put in special classes.

It called on Russia to take action against police and other officials engaging in "racially selective arrests, searches or other unwarranted acts" based on how people looked."

Bels
20-08-2008, 23:07
In the States (and other countries) it is reported locally as it is news. Sure, if you read the paper you read about it.

In Russia, you only read about it in the Moscow Times because it is important information to the foreign community.

You won't read about it in the Russian press because it isn't news that is important to Russians - they approve of it.

Please do not speak to something with which you have no experience. I've known too many non-white people to be abused and assaulted. My guess is that your just a regular white/red Russian and you wish to ignore this or mislead others because it reflects poorly on the culture.


I'm a white Brit who has travelled the world. Normally I must admit I can walk around in any country and proudly be a Brit, but to Russians just outside Moscow I can be some kind of an oddity. Russians appear to have the same arrogance as we have about ourselves, and sometimes that doesn't blend too good.

Adamodeus
26-08-2008, 19:40
Jesus Christ, Reverend, keep your pants on! Do you know how many of those kind of articles I can find about other countries?

Afriel
09-09-2008, 13:13
I'm a black female whose lived and worked in Moscow for years. I've never had any problems. Don't get me wrong I'm not naive enough to think that people are in love with me - but I wouldn't expect that anywhere.

The spate of racists attacks did increase in the last 5- 7 years. Your major advantage is that you're female and most violence is against males of all 'other races'. The articles in the press are scary and did make me think about continuing to stay here - but I really never had any personal cause to gripe.

Learn the language, make lots of local friends and stay for as long as you're perfectly comfortable. Personally, I feel more uncomfortable in small British towns where I get even more stares.

Take a risk.

britpat1
09-09-2008, 13:32
Well, if that does'nt put you off I'm not sure what will!

I'm not white,I live in St Petersburg, I have not been beaten up yet... My B'f is white, he has not been beaten up yet.

I have had a man wihine at my passport in a mobile phone shop because it was offensive to him as he is Russian and I am British but he ho, ignorance is bliss as I had no idea what he was spouting.


I do alert security when I walk into a shop. Then I open my mouth and I am obviously English and they (the miser shop assistant or guard) walks away). Sometimes my b'f tells thenm off if he notices, I do'nt bother.

I hear about these attacks and yes they do happen but you just be careful as you are in ANY major city but act with a little more degree of caution.

myarose
09-09-2008, 23:51
I arrived in Moscow a week ago .I'm a black female with dreadlocks .I'm a university student from the UK and for 3 years i've read every negative story going .By the time came for me to come out here i was really seriously thinking about giving up my degree & refusing to come because I have a family to think of.

So far, i haven't experienced the aggression that i was absolutely sure that i would. The first time i had to use the metro by myself , although i might have looked calm on the outside ,on the inside i was freaking out. Half way through my very long journey when nothing happened i decided that i'd better calm down or i'd crack up !

Yes , people stare but so far i haven't felt threatened.( In fact if you want to experience out-right prejudice go to Spain ).I'm not naive i'm still vigilant and don't take unneccesary & obvious risks.This is after all the country that has re-invented Stalin as a hero.But remember also that Pushkin is adored throughout Russia. If nothing else Russia is a country of anomalies .There is extreme ignorance so there are places in Russia where i wouldn't go. For example , my university has stopped sending any students (Black & White) to Voronezh.

Do your homework but try to strike a balance,admittedly it's not easy given what you've seen and read and the press that Russia has generally.I was the same but i'm here now and so far ( yes , i know these are early days ) nothing to report.

I want to enjoy Moscow and Russian people while i'm here and not spend it hating and being negative about the city and it's people for the whole year that i'm going to be here . My adventure in Moscow is only just beginning and i'm sure there will be times when i wonder what the hell i'm doing here.Nevertheless i have entered into this journey with positivity and an open mind and heart . So far i have only met Russian people who are the same, long may it continue .

Britni
24-09-2008, 11:14
Well, if that does'nt put you off I'm not sure what will.I'm not white,I live in St Petersburg, I have not been beaten up yet. My B'f is white, he has not been beaten up yet.I have had a man wihine at my passport in a mobile phone shop because it was offensive to him as he is Russian and I am British but he ho, ignorance is bliss as I had no idea what he was spouting.I do alert security when I walk into a shop. Then I open my mouth and I am obviously English and they. Sometimes my b'f tells thenm off if he notices, I do'nt bother.I hear about these attacks and yes they do happen but you just be careful as you are in ANY major city but act with a little more degree of caution.
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privet2009
26-09-2008, 23:09
My workmate is pakistani-american.

He's a right pain in the ass (as I am) but we put up with each other - and in fact go out and drink beer together a lot.

In four years I have only ever seen him stopped by the militia (almost weekly) and never had any trouble with other Russians.

He has a white Russian girlfriend as well!

Mind you.... to counter that... I saw an Indian guy getting kicked in at the Boarhouse once (one of the very few times I actually saw violence there - surprising really). He was dancing with a Russian Girl and some guys did not like this... but that was years ago.

Ody
27-09-2008, 11:29
Unfortunatelly its true about russian police...
Its better not to ask them.They don't understand, and what even more worth
they don't want to solve problems.
They work there not because they like it,cause they can't work anywhere else.

Adamodeus
09-10-2008, 14:03
Unfortunatelly its true about russian police...
Its better not to ask them.They don't understand, and what even more worth
they don't want to solve problems.
They work there not because they like it,cause they can't work anywhere else.
I'm not black so I wouldn't be able to judge from that perspective, really, but if the Russian police look at your documents and everything is in order they normally let you go on your merry way 99 times out of 100, I'm sure.

jeffpv
10-10-2008, 11:36
I'm bi-racial (half white, half black) and have never run into any problems. Of course, I'm not in Moscow or St. Pete, I'm in Vladivostok, so it might just be different. Vlad is a port, too, so that might have more to do with it.
Most of the racial aggression here is directed at Asian-looking people (especially Chinese) which, of course, is unfortunate.

Bels
11-10-2008, 00:17
I'm not black so I wouldn't be able to judge from that perspective, really, but if the Russian police look at your documents and everything is in order they normally let you go on your merry way 99 times out of 100, I'm sure.

I agree, but if you are brown you are more likely to be stopped for identity. I think that's obvious in the fear of terrorism. Yes you can go if your papers are are in order. I don't think there's a propblem. I'm not so sure about the above statement of Chinese statement, as it's simply in my opinion if you look muslim. The strange thing is that terrorist muslim can be black, white, or brown, as there is no nationality. And i do remember an article in the papers where the British militatary were fooled by a blond white muslim terrorist who caused a suicide bing on a number of British soldiers.

So my point is that the police should be vigilant to all races!

Reverend
11-10-2008, 04:34
I'm not black so I wouldn't be able to judge from that perspective, really, but if the Russian police look at your documents and everything is in order they normally let you go on your merry way 99 times out of 100, I'm sure. If you're non-white you're a lot more likely to have your documents checked. They can always find something wrong since the rules seem so variable. Also, perhaps you haven't heard of the routine scam run down near Red Square where the police DON'T let you go until you pay up. They're also involved in the "turkey drop" scam there as well.

ninatchka
12-10-2008, 13:31
I am biracial and have lived in Moscow for a while.I have not been harrased or stoped by the police and in fact on several occasions i have stoped to ask them for directions :) and I have not been discriminated against or harassed by anyone.Yeah sure,sometimes people stare at me but it is expected when one look different( after all I still can get over staring at skinny, white, blond hair blue eyed russians with dreadlocks,singing Bob Marley songs.....I know,its impolite)The truth is that most times people react to you just fine when you speak their language or at least make an effort to, and do not act or look like your doing them a huge favour by being in Russia in the first place (yes people can sense that)

justposting
16-10-2008, 15:40
There are nuts everywhere in the world.

Look at the number of killings and stabbings there have been in Britain (where I come from) recently? I mean, in the last 6 months??

If you come to Russia, the first things to remember are:
you're coming to a country which the rest of the world hates people are ready to believe any strange or weird story if you say it happened in Russia the foreign media is constantly looking for a chance to portray Russia in the worst way possible you will never, ever, ever, read a story in the foreign press which says anything good about Russia. Either the people there are "all poor" and everything is terrible, or they are "all criminals" and stole the money they have from the corpses of babies



Getting used to living with the lies and stupidity repeated about Russia goes with the territory of moving here ;)

I wouldn't say the rest of the world hates, I would say the west has a lot of dislike but not "hate", the only places that you could put as "hate" would probably be eastern european countries controlled by the soviet union at some point of history.

in fact, I would say about half of the world likes russia, mostly some regions in asia and south america where I lived in I saw lots of positive media about russia, in the western countries I lived in(just U.S and Canada), U.S media hardly ever said anything good, but canadian media sometimes said good things.

that being said, I am east asian and I never had any problems in russia, I got passport checked just as much as russians do, I have never been beat up or threatened, that being said you should avoid bad areas just as any person would while in a big city regardless of your race.

Adamodeus
17-10-2008, 12:39
If you're non-white you're a lot more likely to have your documents checked. They can always find something wrong since the rules seem so variable. Also, perhaps you haven't heard of the routine scam run down near Red Square where the police DON'T let you go until you pay up. They're also involved in the "turkey drop" scam there as well.
That happens, but most of the time they target people from the Caucasus or from the Central Asia. There are enough illegal immigrants here from those regions for the police to bother with westerners who speak very little Russian. Most of the time, someone with a US or an EU passport will be let go simply because someone from Turkmenistan is a much easier target and is also a lot more likely to pay. They won't call their embassy and the embassy will not raise hell, etc. etc. If your documents are in order, you are usually more trouble than you are worth. They are looking for illegals who wish to stay under the radar and will pay them to be let go.

Reverend
18-10-2008, 08:30
Following ‘serious rise’ in racist attacks, UN rights expert to visit Russia


Doudou Diene
9 June 2006 – Facing a serious rise in the number of racist attacks in Russia, including murder, especially in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, a United Nations human rights expert is to pay a six-day visit to the country next week at the invitation of the Government.
The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Doudou Diène, will “gather first-hand information on the question of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, in particular in relation to a number of minority communities,” his office said today.

He is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Russian Government, both at national and local levels, members of the legislative and judiciary branches, non-governmental organizations and individuals dealing with issues related to his mandate, as well as with UN officials. He will also visit several communities that are reportedly victims of discrimination.

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Spokesman José Luis Díaz told a news briefing in Geneva today that while the racist attacks would be the main subject of concern of Mr. Diène’s 12-17 June visit, there were a number of other issues that would be raised.

As Russia is made up of various different nationalities, the issue of migration within Russia and from the outside into Russia would also be discussed.

Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity, who received their mandate from the now defunct UN Commission on Human Rights and will report to the newly established and enhanced Human Rights Council.

Reverend
18-10-2008, 08:31
U.N. rights body urges Russia fight racism
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By Robert Evans

GENEVA (Reuters) - A key United Nations rights body voiced alarm on Monday at mounting racial violence in Russia and called on Moscow to take firm action against ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi groups and hate speech in the media.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination also urged the Russian government to hold an investigation into police repression of Georgians in Russia in 2006.

The Committee said it was "gravely concerned about the alarming increase in the incidence and severity of racially motivated violence, especially by young people belonging to extremist groups".

The targets of violence and hate speech, it said, were Chechens and other people from the Caucasus, people from Central Asia, Roma, Meskhetian Turks, ethnic minorities of Jewish or Muslim faith and Africans.

The Committee's report followed a discussion its 18 expert members held with a Russian delegation -- and with rights groups from the country -- earlier this month as part of a review of U.N. states' racism record.

Russian human rights activists said during the hearings that police often stood by when skinhead and neo-Nazi groups staged demonstrations against Jews, ethnic minorities or foreigners.

Reverend
18-10-2008, 08:32
Amnesty highlights racism in Russia, Chechnya rights violations
11:25 | 28/ 05/ 2008

LONDON, May 28 (RIA Novosti) - Amnesty International highlighted in a report on Wednesday a rise in race-hate attacks in Russia, the authorities' increasing intolerance of dissent, and ongoing human rights violations in the North Caucasus.

"The number of racist attacks that came to the attention of the media rose; at least 61 people were killed across the country," the organization said in a 400-page human rights report.

The international rights group said Russian authorities have recognized the problem, and that the number prosecutions for racially motivated crimes has increased, but that these measures have failed to curb racist violence.

Russia's non-governmental organizations called on Tuesday for drafting a national program to counter racism and xenophobia. The Moscow Human Rights Bureau, citing its data at a news conference, said 126 race-hate crimes were committed in the first five months of this year, in which 66 people were killed and 132 injured.

Racist attacks occur mainly in big cities, including Moscow, St Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, where the majority of foreigners and ethnic minorities live. Voronezh in western Russia, which has a large number of foreign students, has also seen a large number of attacks.

Amnesty International also traditionally criticized Russia for strict media control and arrests of protestors, human rights activists and political opponents, some of whom have suffered beatings.

Reverend
18-10-2008, 08:34
Racist attacks on the rise in Russia - ABC News
By Russia correspondent Scott Bevan
Posted Tue Oct 7, 2008 10:52am AEDT

Dozens have been killed in racially motivated attacks this year. (Reuters: Denis Sinyakov)

Over the past few years Russia has been striding back onto the world stage. Yet in step with that growing international self-confidence has been the shadow of racial intolerance within its borders.

So-called hate crimes are on the rise, with dozens killed in racially motivated attacks so far this year.

Russia's political leaders have been promising to confront xenophobia, but those living with the fear of attack say words are yet to turn into widespread action in battling the problem.

As a human rights lawyer in Moscow, Vagid Iskenderov has helped defend many people originally from former Soviet republics through the Caucasus and Central Asia, and he says those clients are often the targets of prejudice - whether on the street or in dealing with officialdom.

Yet five years ago the Azerbaijanian-born Mr Iskenderov was himself rendered defenceless in the face of a brutal display of racism when he was attacked by eight skinheads.

"They circled me in a military-like way, yelling 'Russia for Russians' and got ready to beat me," he said.

Reverend
18-10-2008, 08:35
Europe Joins the Fight Against Russian Racism

"The system effectively has a negative impact on the basic rights of visible minorities throughout the country."

by MGV Staff Report

October 6, 2008

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) is helping Russia fight growing racism and intolerance in that country. Late in September the Commission held a roundtable in Moscow to review the Russian Federation's implementation of ECRI's third (2005) country report recommendations.

Both the report and round table are part of a regular effort by ECRI to help member states of the Council of Europe improve on race relations in increasingly diverse civil society. The report "thoroughly analyses the situation as regards racism and intolerance in each country and makes suggestions and proposals as to how to tackle the problems identified."

The Round Table took place September 23, 2008, and involved ECRI officials; Russian government officials including, representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Regional Development, Internal Affairs, the Prosecutor General's Office, and the Federal Migration Service. Representative from the Russian Human Rights Commission; as well as representatives from numerous non-government organizations (NGOs) in Russia.

The report found that Russia needs to develop strong institutional frameworks that will help it effectively combat racism and racist violence and to create an atmosphere of racial tolerance in society.

The country has had serious problems with racism, especially against blacks and other non-Russian minorities, since the end of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The unwelcome trend has led to violent attacks and even deaths of blacks and other non-Russian minorities - Asians with origins in former Soviet republics.

Reverend
18-10-2008, 08:40
I'll stop here. From the United Nations to the European Union, Amnesty International to Human Rights Watch, they all cite racism and xenophobia as a problem in Russia. I don't need to argue this anymore. Deny it all day but the rest of the world sees it.

Maybe you should talk to Tajiks, Georgians, the Africans at the People's Friendship University, anyone in the Jewish community, and find out what their experience is like.

Yes, racism is a problem in many countries but you're much more at risk for your personal safety in Russia.

Signing off this particular topic.

justposting
23-10-2008, 17:08
Those sources have only talked about those subjects as a result of one of them mentioning it, I have not had any bad experiences after being here so long and I am asian, I am living proof nothing bad happens unless you go to a bad area-- which I've always avoided.

you could find racism statistics on USA too.. and I'm sure many of you have been there before, have you experienced a racist encounter there? probably not

edit:

and jews have never really had a problem.. there are so many of them in russia and they don't look totally different from russians, I really wonder if you have been to russia before Reverend.

Adamodeus
23-10-2008, 19:13
I'll stop here. From the United Nations to the European Union, Amnesty International to Human Rights Watch, they all cite racism and xenophobia as a problem in Russia. I don't need to argue this anymore. Deny it all day but the rest of the world sees it.

Maybe you should talk to Tajiks, Georgians, the Africans at the People's Friendship University, anyone in the Jewish community, and find out what their experience is like.

Yes, racism is a problem in many countries but you're much more at risk for your personal safety in Russia.

Signing off this particular topic.
Oh, well, so you've said the final word in this discussion, eh? Thanks for clearing it up. You're "much more at risk for your personal safety"? I don't need to read about it, I live here, for Christ's sake. You're bringing Amnesty International into this... as if they don't cite the very same thing about most places in the world. Should I remind you what the riots in Paris were about? And there are still quite a few places in LA where cops are afraid to show their face - no such places in Moscow. Go spend some time in South Africa, then tell me how scary Moscow is. Geez...

And I do have plenty of friends among Tajiks and Georgians and Armenians and even more in the Jewish community. What they tell me is that Russians are definitely racist (no argument there), but not violently so. Let's not talk about gang attacks based on skin color, it's much much worse in the US. Most Russians grumble about foreigners, but show me a country where people don't.

georgedreiling
09-12-2008, 14:21
This individual is ill informed. Moscow is significantly safer than cities such as L.A., New York, Paris, London and the like. Which are by the way inundated with rude blacks, whose reverse racism is sanctioned. That is why they are hated there. Russians do not see skin color as an issue when dealing with you. They see your substance an an individual. They judge you here based on your behavior while in their country. If you have a chip on your shoulder, are rude or have the "AtTiTudE", stay where you are. There are people of all races and walks of life who have no problems in Moscow. The safest place to be is the metro. Security is high there. Political correctness is not propagandized here, so complaints about off color jokes, sexist comments, will fall upon deaf ears. You can't sue someone at work or get you boss in trouble if he asks for a little favor after working hours. But as far as someone saying .... "There is a black person let's go beat them up" is total BS. Much more likely to happen in the states. If it happened in Russia the western media would have a FIELD DAY WITH IT YOU IMBISIL. SO LAY OFF OF RUSSIANS AND GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM IF YOU DON'T LIKE THESE KIND GENTLE PEOPLE.

jeffpv
13-12-2008, 09:30
Those sources have only talked about those subjects as a result of one of them mentioning it, I have not had any bad experiences after being here so long and I am asian, I am living proof nothing bad happens unless you go to a bad area-- which I've always avoided.

you could find racism statistics on USA too.. and I'm sure many of you have been there before, have you experienced a racist encounter there? probably not

edit:

and jews have never really had a problem.. there are so many of them in russia and they don't look totally different from russians, I really wonder if you have been to russia before Reverend.

I agreed with most everything you had to say, up until you claimed that Jews have never had problems in Russia. Perhaps you'd like to a little research and revise that comment.

I'm bi-racial, and most perceived racism by Westerners has to do with a lack of "political correctness". That being said, out here in the Far East real racism is exhibited when it comes to the Chinese living here.

jeffpv
13-12-2008, 09:32
This individual is ill informed. Moscow is significantly safer than cities such as L.A., New York, Paris, London and the like. Which are by the way inundated with rude blacks, whose reverse racism is sanctioned. That is why they are hated there. Russians do not see skin color as an issue when dealing with you. They see your substance an an individual. They judge you here based on your behavior while in their country. If you have a chip on your shoulder, are rude or have the "AtTiTudE", stay where you are. There are people of all races and walks of life who have no problems in Moscow. The safest place to be is the metro. Security is high there. Political correctness is not propagandized here, so complaints about off color jokes, sexist comments, will fall upon deaf ears. You can't sue someone at work or get you boss in trouble if he asks for a little favor after working hours. But as far as someone saying .... "There is a black person let's go beat them up" is total BS. Much more likely to happen in the states. If it happened in Russia the western media would have a FIELD DAY WITH IT YOU IMBISIL. SO LAY OFF OF RUSSIANS AND GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM IF YOU DON'T LIKE THESE KIND GENTLE PEOPLE.

:rant:

Totti
13-12-2008, 15:15
This individual is ill informed. Moscow is significantly safer than cities such as L.A., New York, Paris, London and the like. .... But as far as someone saying .... "There is a black person let's go beat them up" is total BS. Much more likely to happen in the states. If it happened in Russia the western media would have a FIELD DAY WITH IT YOU IMBISIL. SO LAY OFF OF RUSSIANS AND GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM IF YOU DON'T LIKE THESE KIND GENTLE PEOPLE.

I agree. Everyone is this thread is against Russia. Just look at this article as another example of biased reporting. Don't tell me they don't chop the heads off Tajiks in London and New York and Paris and elsewhere in the (cough, spit) West.

The Moscow Times

Nationalists Claim Decapitation

12 December 2008By Nabi Abdullaev / Staff Writer

The severed head of a Tajik man murdered last week in an apparent hate crime was discovered in a dumpster in western Moscow, investigators said Thursday.

In a disturbing twist, an obscure ultranationalist group claimed responsibility for the slaying by e-mailing a photograph of the victim's detached head to two human rights organizations, the groups said Thursday.

The victim's head was discovered wrapped in a plastic bag in a dumpster Wednesday on Ulitsa Tolbukhina, near Kuntsevskaya metro station on the Moscow western outskirts, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

An autopsy confirmed that the head belonged to a 20-year-old native of Tajikistan whose decapitated body was discovered last week near the village of Zhabkino, a few kilometers south of Moscow, the statement said.

The victim and a fellow Tajik worker at a local food warehouse were walking home last Friday evening when they were attacked by about 10 men, who shot them with pellet guns and proceeded to beat them, according to investigators.

The murder victim died at the scene, having been stabbed in the torso six times before he was beheaded, investigators said. The other Tajik worker managed to escape and was subsequently hospitalized in critical condition.

A police source identified the murder victim only by his last name, Azizov, Interfax reported. Repeated calls to the Tajik Embassy in Moscow went unanswered Thursday afternoon.

The chiefs of the only two nongovernmental organizations tracking hate crimes in Russia said Thursday that they had received an e-mail this week from a previously unknown ultranationalist group claiming responsibility for the slaying.

The e-mail, from a group calling itself the Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists, attached a digital photograph showing the victim's head resting on a wooden chopping block, said Galina Kozhevnikova, head of the Sova Center xenophobia watchdog.

"The message said that with this beheading, the group is demonstrating its resolve to further fight against occupiers," Kozhevnikova said. "They also said the same fate awaits officials who would hamper their fight."

The message, sent from a cell phone, said the head would be dumped near the Mozhaisky District administration building, Kozhevnikova said, adding that she went straight to police after receiving the e-mail.

The district has been a lightning rod for ultranationalist rage in recent months after the rape and murder of 15-year-old Anna Beshnova there two months ago — a crime for which an Uzbek city maintenance worker has been charged.

Ultranationalists have held unsanctioned rallies in the district calling for migrant workers to be expelled from the country, prompting dozens of migrants to quit their jobs with the city over fears for their safety.

Two other organizations were copied on the e-mail, Kozhevnikova said: the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights, the only NGO other than Sova tracking hate crimes in Russia, and the daily tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Alexander Brod, head of the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights and a member of the Public Chamber, confirmed to Interfax on Thursday that he had received the e-mail. He declined to comment when reached by telephone.

Two people reached by telephone at the Komsomolskaya Pravda editorial office said they did not know of the newspaper receiving the e-mail.

A police source told Interfax that a nationalist web site posted a video of the murder. An exhaustive Internet search Thursday failed to find such a file or any earlier references to the Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists. Kozhevnikova of Sova suggested that it may be a nonexistent group.

The purported footage of the killing recalls a horrifying video distributed on the Internet last year showing the murder of two dark-skinned men.

The video, which appeared on ultranationalist web sites under the title "The Execution of a Tajik and a Dagestani," showed the victims kneeling, bound and gagged in front of a Nazi flag. Masked men saw one man's head off with a large knife and shoot the other.

A Dagestani family later identified one of the victims as their relative.

A student in the southern republic of Adygeya was convicted and sentenced to one year in prison last year for inciting ethnic hatred by posting the three-minute video on his LiveJournal blog. The killers remain at large.

Staff Writer Alexandra Odynova contributed to this report.

Green Tea
13-12-2008, 16:45
Sorry to repeat what many have already said in this thread.

But...

Honestly, there will be situations where your safety can't be assured. You might be perfectly safe most of the time, but it will only take one incident to change your life forever (or even end it).

Taking precautions will obviously help, but attacks could take place anywhere. Day time, night time, on the metro, in a bus, or even in your home if some of your neighbours tell the wrong people who you are. And they will be brutal attacks. The skinhead movement in Russia sees it as a badge of honour to attack and kill non-whites. It won't matter one bit that you are Canadian, a westerner, or whatever. To them you are a target.

I am white, but even still, I shut my mouth in public areas and refuse to answer my mobile phone if there are suspicious people within earshot. Even white foreigners are targets, although much less regularly.

Watch some of the videos on YouTube about it:
YouTube - russian racist attacks (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=russian+racist+attacks&search_type=&aq=0&oq=russian+racist)

Green Tea
13-12-2008, 16:54
This one is especially good. About half way through they interview some coloured foreigners. It is scary that they are isolated in their university dormitory for the days before and after Hitler's birthday every year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOzNV_0TR0w&feature=related

MoscowGooner
14-12-2008, 02:22
I am black, male and live in Moscow. I live in the center, never take the tube, train, or any form of public transport, and anything beyond the ring is pretty much alien territory to me. The riskiest thing I do is catch a cab to the airport every couple of weeks.

So far, I've never had any trouble.

Now I understand that not everyone is able to shell out not-so-few thousand dollars a month on a centrally located flat close to their workplace, but then frankly speaking, hadn't my employer agreed to pay that, I wouldn't even bother come to Moscow.

I first visited Moscow as a young lad over 8 years ago, the Rossia Hotel and Intourist Hotel stood there at the time, stayed at both. Did the usual young lad discovery trip and got into all sorts of trouble reported here on the thread: got abused, was dragged into fights with skin heads in the tube, got thrown into a police station cell by a crowd of overzealous policemen, u name it.

Now that I am a bit older, it is just not worth the hassle.

My advise to any black male, unless u manage to get yourself a cosy lifestyle in the center, don't even bother with the city. The world is big enough.

MG

Reverend
15-12-2008, 08:53
African-American Student Stabbed
15 December 2008
An African-American exchange student was in critical condition in a Volgograd hospital Friday after being stabbed in a possible hate crime, police in the southern city said.

Stanley Robinson, from Providence, Rhode Island, was stabbed twice in the chest by unidentified assailants, Volgograd police spokeswoman Svetlana Smolyaninova said by telephone.

Robinson, 18, was in serious but stable condition, the head doctor at Volgograd's Clinical Hospital No. 12, The Associated Press reported.

The student's mother, Tina Robinson, told the news agency that her son had developed pneumonia.

The attack occurred on the evening of Dec. 5 outside an apartment block in the city's Krasnooktyabrsky district, Smolyaninova said. Robinson told police that there were three attackers, although no suspects had been detained as of Friday, she said.

Police are investigating the crime as a case of aggravated assault but are not ruling out the possibility that Robinson was attacked because he is black, Smolyaninova said.

The attack could have been a robbery, since Robinson was carrying a camera, the police spokeswoman said. She added, however, that she could not confirm whether anything was stolen from the student.

Volgograd State University and Volgograd State Pedagogical University host several student exchange programs with U.S. universities.

No one could be reached for comment Friday at either university.

Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that Robinson was studying at a school in the district where he was attacked.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman said he could not comment on the case.

Attacks on foreign students are common in the southern Russian city, whose medical university is popular with foreigners.

In October, an Indian student was beaten up and had his cell phone stolen, Interfax reported. Last year, two Chinese students were attacked as they returned to their dormitory at night, RIA-Novosti reported.

Julianna
16-12-2008, 10:15
You`ve got so many different advices here! Any of it can be right or wrong for you, but if you want to know the truth, better solution for you will be coming to Moscow yourself (as Bels said), you may take a vacation for a couple of weeks and when you are here dont do all this tourist stuff like museums and excursions, but try to live an ordinary life. You might even stay not in the hotel, but in appartments (which you can find here), and go out with people who can show your real Moscow (those people you can also find here). Only after you`ve seen it all with your own eyes you are able to make a truthful decision for yourself.
Good luck!!!
P.S. I m russian and have never beat up coloured people in my life :)

Reverend
17-12-2008, 13:22
Russian skinheads jailed for racist killing spree - International Herald Tribune

ReutersPublished: December 15, 2008
James Kilner

A Moscow court jailed a group of skinheads on Monday for murdering 20 migrants in a racist killing spree, part of a wave of violence against immigrants in Russia.

Attacks on migrant workers have risen this year and political analysts fear the global economic crisis, which is hitting Russia hard, may aggravate the problem.

Led by a student of religious icon painting, the seven teenaged skinheads killed the migrants and tried to murder 12 others between August 2006 and October 2007.

zungzwang
17-12-2008, 14:57
1) In the University where I studied (it was in some provincial Russian city), there was a mulatto lad who had many friends. That is many Russians don't care that you look different. or you are exotic for them, which is to your advantage.
2) On the other hand, do watch this video clip. I have to warn you it's very offensive. But you have to watch it all to make an informed decision.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTVBu3YDbB0

The clip is in Russian, but I translate for you word of a poster. "Do you want to be infected with AIDS?" - "Sleep with a Negro and you will have a bouquet of diseases."
====





Hi,

I am a Canadian woman (28) currently teaching English in Paris. However, my visa (Working -Holiday) will expire in January, and it seems that it is next to impossible to renew.

So I am beginning to think of my next job....and I have always dreamed of visiting or living in Russia...However, I am biracial (my mother is white and my father is black...I look Spanish or Middle Eastern) ....and I know that a couple of years ago there was a significant increase in violent attacks against non-whites.

What is the situation like now? Would I be unsafe?

opag78
18-12-2008, 16:41
Russia is dangerous for non-whites, especially, what nobody has really mentioned so far, for a non-white single woman like the original poster.

She would be free meat for too many criminal youngsters in this city.

Just two weeks ago a colleague of mine (who is a single white Russian) escaped a potential rapist's attack from 4 young man in a car when she came back at around 10pm from shopping.

She is still pretty shocked, as she didnt expected that such things still can happen to her in Moscow. (Russians like to be too naive about their own country)

She lifes in an area that is supposed to be safe in Moscow. Everything is relative.

So forget about Moscow as a single non-white woman, just forget about it. This is not the 1st World, this is Russia.

zungzwang
18-12-2008, 19:05
Russia is just dangerous. For non-whites and whites. For single women and married women.

Qdos
18-12-2008, 19:43
Shame there wasn't a poll with this thread.

IMHO if you aren't white you will be less safe than a purely caucasian in this country, I know where I am there is significant hate speech about 'caf-cas' people and worse still against those whose skin is darker.

Political correctness is yet to overwhelm Russia.

zungzwang
18-12-2008, 23:02
Well, who knows perhaps you will be in the situations like me... I am not ethnic Russian, and I recall the visits of my neighbor (whom I lent a little now and then because he was quite entertaing. He would say, "I like you Timur, and Marat is a good guy. I only hate those Kaf-kas and Central Asian people."
Now isn't it nice to know that you belong to a better sort of people?

zungzwang
18-12-2008, 23:14
- Do you know who is father of Kazakh nation?
- Carpenter Geppetto.
Before anyone (who is in the know) accuses me of bigotry, I heard this joke from a Kazakh.

Carlos Andres Reyes
29-12-2008, 16:58
I am black and I work here in Moscow... The panorama is not so awful as some people want to show... They are a lot of foreigners here in Moscow.... Problems...yes..., but you should analize the Russian culture, its history, the way they are, and then you can understand several matters related with that topic in Russia... Anyway, it is a multiracial country, and Moscow is a huge city...you should be careful, very careful... but not to be afraid...

MickeyTong
29-12-2008, 17:15
I think Moscow (or any huge city) can be rough for anyone.

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RRM
29-12-2008, 17:18
If you're non-white you're a lot more likely to have your documents checked. They can always find something wrong since the rules seem so variable. Also, perhaps you haven't heard of the routine scam run down near Red Square where the police DON'T let you go until you pay up. They're also involved in the "turkey drop" scam there as well.

Few years ago, when I visited Russia, this happend to me all the time...being checked by police etc. Now I have been living here for the last 9 months and never got stopped or checked. I have walked right in front of several cops several times and never got stopped in the last 9 months. Something during the last few years was defenitely different than now. And I am clearly visible as non-white and non-Russian.

Reverend
30-12-2008, 01:26
International Herald Tribune 29 December 2008
Tajiks walk a dangerous path to work in Russia

By Sabrina Tavernise Published: December 28, 2008

KHODZHA-DURBOD, Tajikistan: The men from this village who went to Russia to work all knew the rule: Always stay together on the walk home. As Tajiks in an aggressive Russian city, getting caught could mean getting hurt.

But on the eve of the Muslim holiday of sacrifice this month, Salohiddin Azizov broke the rule. It was a fatal mistake.

He was caught, killed and beheaded on Dec. 5, not far from where he worked at the Pokrovskaya vegetable warehouse south of Moscow, his brothers said. A Russian nationalist group claimed responsibility, calling Azizov, 20, part of a "non-Russian occupation." One of his brothers identified his body by the shape of his toes.

"If we are Tajik, does it mean we are cows to be butchered and thrown away?" said the victim's father, Muhabat Azizov, in his small house here a day after his funeral in mid-December.

Though gruesome, the killing was not unprecedented. It was a grim reminder of the vicious daily attacks against ethnic minorities that have become a part of daily life for the millions of migrants from the former Soviet Union who work in Russia.

the article goes on from here

RIKO
30-12-2008, 01:39
Shame there wasn't a poll with this thread.

IMHO if you aren't white you will be less safe than a purely caucasian in this country, I know where I am there is significant hate speech about 'caf-cas' people and worse still against those whose skin is darker.

Political correctness is yet to overwhelm Russia.

It is not a matter of "political correctness". Rather it is a matter of decent civil conduct.

paco
31-12-2008, 14:04
I may be truly wrong, neither do I know Moscow very well. But someone once told me that most of the rape cases and thefts in Moscow/Russia are actually not done by russians but by the Tajiks, kazakh, central asias, etc, ( coloured skins/ immigrants). And this angers the racist russians. Its like a tit for tat kind of thing going on, non stop.

Pls correct me if I am misinformed.

thva
08-01-2009, 07:26
that is what many Russians say, and indeed truly believe, but I would doubt that it would prove true if checked to actual statistics -
and even those statistics can't be really trusted, as (racist) police are more likely to pursue cases against darker-skinned people, and don't even always accept/report all crimes

Reverend
05-02-2009, 11:52
The Moscow Times » Issue 4079 » News

Russia Assailed at UN Over Racist Attacks
05 February 2009
GENEVA -- Russia must do more to stop violence against minorities, torture by the police and army, and the murders of journalists, delegates to a UN rights body said Wednesday.

"We are concerned at the trend of racism and xenophobia, which is resulting in a continuing rise in racial attacks," a delegate from South Africa, which often backs Russia, said during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.

Other issues raised at the first Russian appearance for a review process of the 47-nation council included political abductions in the North Caucasus, Internet child pornography and limits on independent civil society bodies.

Russian officials agreed that racism was a problem but said they were tackling it through education and monitoring of extremist groups and noted that such violence was not always fatal.

Russia is a democratic state "based on the rule of law," and its people enjoy equal rights, according to a report by Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov that was presented to the council.

Every effort was being made to combat extremism and ethnic violence, Konovalov said, and a special police unit had been set up to track activities of such groups under a law on fighting extremism and terrorism.

Human rights group Memorial contested this at a briefing, saying the law was being used to limit its activities.

waxyweller
05-02-2009, 13:29
I have been attacked by Skinheads twice and the dislocated some of my bones cus i struggled with them before they ran away..thanks go the girls walking by than came to help me even they didn't know me .. they jumped on the guys and started using there teeths.. i am a Nigerian ,the guys didnt faced me in the first place...they were trying to beat my drunk Hungarian friends that were drunk ...so i tried to protect them and it all ended up on me while my friends were injured and lying on the floor.... and i have been Attacked my those Kavkaz once before..Just one kavkaz came to me and ask me for my document,and i asked him for his first..and he said you ****ing black monkey what are U doing in Russia..go back to your country... what do U want.. meanwhile i was there waiting for my girlfriend.. so when he saw my girlfriend coming he quickly left... RUSSIA IS NOT SAFE FOR FORIEGNERS ESPECIALLY NOW THAT THERE IS FINANCIAL CRISIS

Reverend
12-02-2009, 08:17
Crisis May Spawn Attacks
12 February 2009
Fascist and skinhead groups will use the economic crisis as an excuse for xenophobia and racist violence, even though no increase in attacks has been detected, according to a report released Wednesday.

The Sova Center, which tracks racist violence, said in the report that at least 14 people have been killed in racist attacks since the start of 2009, a figure in line with violence over the same period last year.

But skinheads and other groups espousing xenophobia have gained clout, evolving from a backwater subculture to an influential movement, said Galina Kozhevnikova, the author of the report.

Young people have started joining nationalist groups seeking employment, and the groups appear to be well-funded, she said.

The report says pro-Kremlin youth groups are of concern because of their use of anti-migrant slogans, noting that one of them, Young Guard, held a rally under the banner "Our Money for Our People" last October. It says rallies like these may legitimize racism in society.

Young Guard denied promoting xenophobia and called the Sova report "a political provocation." "We just want to say that it is necessary to take care of Russian citizens, not migrant workers, during the financial crisis," said a senior official with the group, Andrei Tatarinov.

Sova said racist attacks killed 97 people and injured 428 others last year, compared to 85 killed and 605 injured in 2007.

Reverend
12-02-2009, 08:21
I may be truly wrong, neither do I know Moscow very well. But someone once told me that most of the rape cases and thefts in Moscow/Russia are actually not done by russians but by the Tajiks, kazakh, central asias, etc, ( coloured skins/ immigrants). And this angers the racist russians. Its like a tit for tat kind of thing going on, non stop.

Pls correct me if I am misinformed. I've even been told by a Russian that Russians do not commit crimes. That the crimes in Russia are all committed by non-Russians (Ubeks, Tajiks, and non-Slavs in general.)

This is BS, of course. What you heard is a Russian basically saying the same thing. It's like the lynching in the early-mid 1900s in the USA. Blame a black man for raping a white woman as an excuse to kill someone.

Don't be taken in.