march through Moscow in 'Take back Russia' protest over Muslim migrants
- 5,000-strong mob
chants 'Russia for Russians'
Thousands of far-right
Nazi-saluting nationalists marched in Moscow today in a 'Take Back
Russia' protest at Muslim migrants.
Resentment is growing
over the migrants from Russia's Caucasus and the money the Kremlin
sends to those troubled regions.
Chanting 'Russia for
Russians' and 'Migrants today, occupiers tomorrow,' about 5,000
demonstrators, mostly young men, marched through a working-class
neighbourhood on the outskirts of the capital.
Russian nationalist protestors march in a Moscow suburb today in a
street lined with police
of fury: Two masked Russian protesters show their anger and growing
resentment at Muslim migrants
salute: Even a young boy joins the protest with thousands of
One of the protestors in a Guy Fawkes mask made popular by the graphic
novel V for Vendetta watches the demo
shoulder-to-shoulder along the street, which was blocked to traffic.
groups have flourished in Russia over the past two decades, killing and
beating non-Slavs and anti-racism activists, and crudely denouncing the
influx of immigrants from the Caucasus and from central Asian countries
that were once part of the Soviet Union.
They have drawn moral
support from nationalism that has been encouraged by Vladimir Putin's
rule as part of the Kremlin's attempts to rebuild a strong Russian
After a clash last
December between police and thousands of football fans and other
extremists just outside the Kremlin walls, and an unprecedented
outbreak of hate crimes, the government has taken a tougher line
against the groups.
the flag: The marchers carry a huge black-yellow-white flag of Russian
red: Flares are launched as angry young men shout slogans at the police
who lined the protest route
grenade: Masked nationalists wave Russian Empire black and yellow-white
flags during the march
power: A defiant young woman waves her arm as she marches with the
But their virulent
hatred is proving hard to combat for many Russians share the
anti-migrant sentiments and even those who would not describe
themselves as racist are increasingly resentful of the hefty subsidies
sent to the Caucasus, particularly to Chechnya.
The money is intended to
bring stability after years of war, but the region remains deeply
impoverished while Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov flaunts his wealth.
Among the banners
carried today was one reading, 'Stop feeding the Caucasus.'
'All Russian people are
on the march — football fans, skinheads, national socialists,' Dmitry
Demushkin, who leads a banned group called Russkiye, or Russians,
shouted to the crowd: 'We have to show what our nation is demanding.'
Dmitry Demushkin, former leader of the Slavic Union, an outlawed
neo-Nazi group, speaks into a walkie-talkie during the march
back: A police barrier stops the chanting 5,000-strong mob of mostly
young men from going any further
The so-called Russian
March has been held annually since 2005 on a new national holiday
created to replace celebrations of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
The new holiday was
usurped by far-right nationalists, whose first rally in 2005 led to the
shocking sight of thousands of skinheads marching through central
Moscow with their hands raised in a Nazi salute and shouting obscene
The following year the
march was banned, but nationalists marched anyway and clashed violently
with police. Since 2007, the Russian March has been relegated to areas
outside of the capital's centre
president Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attended a
National Unity Day ceremony 400 miles from the capital.
They laid flowers at the
monument of Minin and Pozharsky, the leaders of a liberation struggle
against foreign invaders in 1612 in the historic city of Nizhny
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