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Regarding the growth of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and racism in the Russian Federation
26 March 2014 20:00

We in Ukraine remain concerned about growing xenophobia, anti-Semitism and racism in the Russian Federation. 

It is appropriate to draw attention to other specific events that have been recorded this and last year in the Russian Federation. 

Thus, on January 18, 2014, in the Khabarovsk region, on the 30th Anniversary of Victory Square, the monument to soldiers who died during World War II was defaced with a swastika. 

At the end of January of this year, in the city of Kursk, unknown vandals painted Neo-Nazi symbols on the fence in the vicinity of the stadium "Locomotive".

On March 8, in Izhevsk, unknown vandals painted swastikas and left inscriptions insulting the government authorities on the monument to the military and workers of Udmurtia. 

In February of this year, three people were killed in xenophobic and Neo-Nazi motivated attacks and at least 4 premises were damaged at the hands of vandals. 

Since the beginning of this year, these types of crimes affected 14 people in 6 regions, 6 of whom died. 

2013 was a record year for the number of offenses related to ethnic identity.

In March of last year - in the city of Rostov-on-Don, a local football fan died during a conflict with natives of the Caucasus. In response to his death, an ultranationalist event named  “Russian Day of Anger” was held in 10 cities of the Russian Federation. 

In June, in the city of Udomlya in Tverska oblast, a gathering of nationalists from many regions of Russia was attended by about 300-400 people, shouting xenophobic slogans. 

In July there was a well documented incident in Pugachev, where local residents held unauthorized meetings, tried to block the federal highway between Volgograd and Samara, and staged numerous riots in the neighborhood inhabited by people from Chechnya. 

Subsequently, many similar nationalistic actions occurred in the cities of St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Tula, Voronezh, Perm, Saratov and others. 

The  most notable event related to ultra-right groups happened in the Biryulyovo district (Moscow) where clashes occurred under xenophobic slogans, and quickly escalated into large-scale anti-immigration riots. Afterwards, Moscow nationalists organized a new wave of protests called "Our response to Kurban-Bairam,” during which participants formed huge columns and marched towards Biryulyovo. 

We believe that these events and other xenophobic manifestations in the Russian Federation should become a matter of serious concern in the international community. 

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