Russia: New poverties have led to xenophobia


Putin and the Russian ruling class admit to having underestimated the problem. A series of violent racist incidents, including attacks on southern Russians, are taking place everywhere in the country, especially St Petersburg. The reasons are the usual ones – poverty, unemployment and ignorance, but the scale of the violence is escalating. Once again, it is in the sprawling, decaying suburbs of the big cities that it takes shape.

Putin and the Russian ruling class admit to having underestimated the problem. A series of violent racist incidents, including attacks on southern Russians, are taking place everywhere in the country, especially St Petersburg. The reasons are the usual ones – poverty, unemployment and ignorance, but the scale of the violence is escalating. Once again, it is in the sprawling, decaying suburbs of the big cities that it takes shape.

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