We post almost daily on one European country or another having problems with migrants, both legal and illegal, but we’ve rarely mentioned Russia. It seems that Putin too has his hands full with anger toward immigrant masses as we see in this story about recent anti-migrant riots inflamed by the murder of an ethnic Russian in Moscow. (Hat tip: Judy)
Moscow police detained some 380 people during the mass rioting in a southern district of the city. A mixed crowd of nationalists and locals attacked a warehouse run by natives of the Caucasus, blaming a migrant for the fatal stabbing of a local.
Authorities lifted the emergency plan codenamed “Volcano” after midnight, several hours after public order had been restored. The plan, put into effect in the afternoon, involved sending scores of riot police to the scene of the clashes, and placing police officers across the city on high alert.
The violent scenes came after a similar rampage took place at a nearby shopping center, where the rioters had originally gathered. The outraged crowd demanded that the police find the killer of a 25-year-old Russian, who was stabbed to death on Thursday allegedly by a man from the Caucasus or Central Asia.
The locals also lashed at the the authorities, accusing them of covering the wave of migrant crime and the illegal immigration in the area.
Although the ‘M’ word is never mentioned, Muslims make up a large percentage of the population in the Caucasus region and I suspect are a large part of the illegal flow into Moscow.
The lengthy article is well worth reading (lots of photos too).
In case you are wondering, I’ve never heard of Russia accepting refugees. And, I have no idea how much legal immigration they allow. I’m guessing not much!