Monday, December 13, 2010

Russian Football Nationalism On The Rise ...

Further to the previous post on Nationalism and Racism in Russian football (and why they didn't deserve the World Cup) it seems that Nazi salutes were the order of the day in Moscow over the weekend. (Russian football fans run riot in Moscow protest)

Russian 'football fans' and UltraNationalists ran riot in the centre of Moscow on Saturday, when a demonstration descended into violence that left 13 people hospitalised. Thousands of fans, supported by members of far-right groups, gathered in Manezhnaya Square near the Kremlin for the protest, with some shouting slogans such as "Russia for Russians" and performing Nazi salutes, according to an AFP photographer.

They were protesting the death of Yegor Sviridov, a Spartak Moscow fan who was shot in the head last Saturday during a fight with men from the Russian Caucasus, a remote area of Russia from which thousands of migrants have moved to Moscow for employment prospects. In July another Spartak fan, telejournalist Yury Volkov, was stabbed to death in a fight with men from the Russian Caucasus in a central Moscow park. A Chechen man has been charged with the crime.

"If the authorities don't change the policy on immigration, there will be a lot of bloodshed," said one demonstrator, whose face was hidden behind a black mask.

Yeah, reeaaallly looking forward to this World Cup, aren't we?