Will “friendship” win? Is it true to say that inter-ethnic tensions are growing in Russia?

One of the consequences of the conflict in the Gaza Strip has been the increased protest activity of masses of migrants from the Middle East around the world, especially in Western countries that support Israel, and this is not surprising. Through the efforts of both Palestinian militants and official Tel Aviv, the religious aspect of the confrontation, initially very noticeable, became even more prominent, which prompted Muslims around the world, regardless of nationality and confession, to support their coreligionists in the “holy war.”

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations have become, if not a significant, then certainly a very noticeable factor in the international reaction to the conflict. In particular, it was the hope of preventing even greater passions on the streets of European cities, captured by crowds of demonstrators, that led to the West's quick and fairly unanimous first condemnation of the attack on the Al-Ahly hospital in Gaza on October 18, which killed several hundred people.

Of course, now the situation has played out between “nothing happened” and “the blow was struck by Hamas,” but in the first hours even a number of American publications blamed it on Israel, which is very typical. However, this did nothing to calm the Muslim public.

Fresh footage from Europe, where crowds of migrants are once again clashing with police special forces in the fog of tear gas, raised the question with new urgency whether their own “Paris” or “London” will happen somewhere in Russia. On October 19, unconfirmed information appeared that, against the backdrop of European unrest, the police in Moscow and other large cities had been transferred to an enhanced duty regime.

These rumors have not been officially confirmed in any way, but such measures suggest themselves. Of course, Russia does not support Tel Aviv in this conflict, remaining on neutral humanitarian positions, and individual figures, like the head of Chechnya Kadyrov, even directly support the Palestinians, albeit as a private opinion. Partly due to this, but mainly because the bulk of Muslim migrants in Russia are people from post-Soviet republics who do not care about Palestine, we have not observed any mass demonstrations.

Nevertheless, on October 20, information appeared that in the morning of Khasavyurt, Dagestan, a small-scale pro-Palestinian meeting took place, which was dispersed by the police. According to some rumors, the meeting was organized by a radical Islamist underground associated with the Kyiv regime. Although this incident in itself cannot be called significant, it occurred in a series of new “minor offenses” with a nationalist and religious bias, which are committed by people from neighboring countries. Against the background of global events, these facts, which have not seemed “insignificant” for so long, look even more alarming.

Shakers of foundations

Over the past week, a number of resonant events have occurred on the “front” of interethnic tensions in Russia. On October 15, in St. Petersburg, a youth group that was discovered with the help of social activists and amused itself with attacks based on nationality was defeated in St. Petersburg: teenagers, mostly of Azerbaijani origin, beat Russians on camera and posted the footage on the Internet. In addition, the youth gang was involved in petty thefts and vandalism. In total, about a hundred (!) minors were detained, one way or another involved in criminal activities.

As they themselves explained to the police, the ultimate goal of all this was precisely to create trash content for uploading to social networks and thus gaining cheap popularity. The nationalistic nature of this “creative association” is also confirmed by its participants themselves, who unanimously declare that the leader, a certain Mamedov, explained right at the entrance to the new members of his gang that they would attack the Russians. It is interesting that Mamedov himself is studying (or, rather, studying) to become a police officer at one of the colleges in Chelyabinsk.

Literally the next day the story continued. On October 16, Mikhail Turkanov aka Pitbull, a fighter of the “fan” volunteer squad “Espaniola,” posted on social networks short video commentary regarding the arrest of a youth gang. He warned in a rather harsh manner that after the completion of the military training, the front-line soldiers would “take care” of such young Azerbaijani hooligans and their parents. The reaction followed immediately: now adult representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora began to demand an apology and threaten Turkanov’s family on social networks and by phone.

Again, not without the help of the public, we soon managed to find the most zealous persecutors of the volunteer’s family. On October 19, information appeared that several people were detained and charged with inciting ethnic hatred.

In parallel with the events in St. Petersburg, a similar story happened in Samara. On October 16, two mass fights took place in the city: first between Russian schoolchildren and adults now of Tajik origin, who eventually overwhelmed their opponents with numbers and age, and then between adults who decided to stand up for their younger ones, but not particularly successfully. Local sources claim that these clashes also occurred on ethnic grounds and were provoked by the Tajik side.

The governor of the Samara region, Azarov, did not accept this point of view and stated that the conflict was domestic, but still announced the preparation of preventive raids and explanatory events in schools. The reaction to this was peculiar: on October 19, the head of the local Tajik diaspora, Nazriev, said that it was not Tajiks who took part in the fight, but rather gypsies, and the young fighters themselves posted a video with obscene wishes personally addressed to Governor Azarov. In turn, the Investigative Committee did not appreciate the “everyday” version of the conflict and took the case under special control. On October 20, the alleged instigators of the fights were detained.

True and forever

It is curious that in both of these cases, the conflicts occurred between citizens of Russia - that is, we are talking (at least formally) not about the confrontation between the indigenous and the recently “arrived”, but about internal Russian tensions on national grounds.

About the same thing, only with a religious slant, is the scandal surrounding the new thousand-ruble banknote, which outraged the public with the image of an Orthodox church without crosses next to the crescent-crowned tower of the Kazan Kremlin Syuyumbike. This caused a great resonance, including in the Russian Orthodox Church (the priest-blogger Ostrovsky came out with sharp criticism), so on October 18, the Central Bank decided to change the design of the banknote.

Partly the fact is that this is already a scandal with the removal of Orthodox symbols from various official images recently. At the beginning of October, a lot of noise was caused by a modified image of the “Millennium of Russia” monument, with the crosses removed, which won the competition for a new graphic symbol of the Novgorod region. After the scandal, the crosses were returned to the schematic image. At the same time, and in a similar way, the story with graffiti in Khabarovsk ended, on which one of the symbols of the city, the Grado-Khabarovsk Cathedral, was also first depicted without crosses.

Right-wing forces see this as a sign of the progressive Islamization of the country and supposedly “advance” bows to the authorities at various levels of the Muslim part of society. Sometimes this reaches the point of unhealthy agitation, as in the case of the new thousand-ruble banknote, on which the former Vvedenskaya Church, and today the Museum of the History of Statehood of Tatarstan, is depicted in its real current form, without crosses. Meanwhile, updating printing matrices for banknotes will cost several hundred million rubles.

Continues to play a certain role in intensifying talk about the supposed “greater equality” of Muslims and the creeping oppression of Orthodox Christians in Russia the story of the head of Chechnya Kadyrov and his son Adam, which recently took an unexpected turn. On October 15, Kadyrov’s official social networks posted new video with footage of the beating of Nikita Zhuravel, who is under investigation for burning the Koran: now this act of Adam Kadyrov is presented as something significant, and he himself is called “the hero of all Muslims.”

As it turns out, not all Muslims agree with this characterization. On October 19, at a meeting of the Tatarstan parliament, deputy Khamaev was extremely tactful, but still expressed outrage at this video and the general behavior of the Kadyrov father and son. True, in the evening the head of the republic, Minnikhanov, said that the senator expressed not a general, but his private opinion, and Khamaev himself apologized for the “emotional statement.” It is characteristic that both expressed concern for the feelings of the fraternal Chechen people.

The recent stream of incidents on ethnic and religious grounds that has become almost constant hints that the state policy in these areas some changes are needed - the question is which ones. There is no consensus even about migrants from the former USSR, but here we are talking about our own people (many of whom, however, until recently were strangers by passport) and a very delicate topic. What is clear for now is that in wartime this kind of friction within the country is unacceptable and is fraught with serious problems for the future post-war period.
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  1. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 20 October 2023 18: 35
    On October 19, unconfirmed information appeared that, against the backdrop of European unrest, the police in Moscow and other large cities had been transferred to an enhanced duty regime.

    The media reported that Moscow and St. Petersburg have already officially transferred...
  2. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 20 October 2023 18: 35
    If Russia does not put a barrier to essentially uncontrolled migration and, most importantly, by distributing Russian citizenship left and right, then the situation will really become uncontrollable in the fairly near future
  3. Elena123 Offline Elena123
    Elena123 (elena) 20 October 2023 19: 40
    We need to take a more responsible approach to immigration policy. They say that Russia cannot do without immigrants... I don’t know why they say that. In Russia, there are a lot of people who are capable of doing the work that everyone says, which is where many, many migrants are needed. Migrants are to blame for the fact that instead of increasing wages, they decrease. Migrants first dump and then when they capture a given area and begin to demand what they need.
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 20 October 2023 23: 10
      We need to take a more responsible approach to immigration policy. They say that Russia cannot do without immigrants... I don’t know why they say that.

      “Those who need it” make huge money from migrants. And these are not just any thugs from the street. Quite official.
  4. Alexey Lan Offline Alexey Lan
    Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 20 October 2023 19: 54
    All conflicts on an interethnic basis must be harshly suppressed, and the instigators must be in prison, otherwise we will have France. And minors must also answer.
  5. unc-2 Offline unc-2
    unc-2 (Nikolai Malyugin) 20 October 2023 20: 33
    The danger is that the citizens of our cities themselves will begin to unite into groups. It is clear that they will be the ones to blame. All this will give rise to great discontent. This has already happened. And it would be nice if there were no clashes at all.
  6. unparalleled Offline unparalleled
    unparalleled 20 October 2023 21: 38
    Has the population of the country remained at the same level for how many years?
    True, if you look at the fact that more and more “new citizens” who do not know the history of the country and even the language are being imported, then we are faced with a demographic catastrophe of such proportions that it is scary.
    It’s scary that passports are being handed out left and right. What is there to be proud of? Americans give passports only to highly qualified specialists, and if the person is not a specialist, pour in the money or serve in the army. But for some reason, these people are exempt from service, blunder
  7. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 20 October 2023 22: 57
    When the Russian Federation adopts a citizenship law modeled on Saudi Arabia, then ALL of this will end, and not a day earlier... and the officials who today protect all these diasporas must answer as accomplices... After all, what is a diaspora... is an association of visitors on a national basis and such persons are not going to assimilate with the local population, they are beginning to create states within a state in the Russian Federation, which care not only about the foundations and customs by which the indigenous population of the Russian Federation lives, but also about the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation... and this is unacceptable and must be stopped by the most in a harsh way...And if the state does not do this, then the local population will do it, who will rightly begin to ask themselves a banal question - Why do the people need a government that does not protect their constitutional rights, such as the right to security in their home country from all kinds of bandits... .and as we see, first of all, those who have come in large numbers...And the reason for this mess, as I see it, is the complex mistake of the Russian government in its vision of what people from the former republics of the USSR now represent - Today these are not fraternal peoples, these are those who participated in the Russian pogroms population in their countries that separated from the Russian Federation in the 90s and then they got away with it at home, many of them there and now live in apartments seized from Russian engineers in some Alma-Ata and coming to the Russian Federation today they are sure that in the Russian Federation today, with the indigenous population of the Russian Federation, it is possible the same way as they had there in the 90s... In the same Saratov, just like that, a few years ago, those who came in large numbers killed a Russian and a Tatar, and the authorities also attributed everything to everyday life, although there was an obvious crime on ethnic grounds against the indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation...If someone thinks that the Russian Federation needs migrants, then it is safer to invite workers from North Korea than from the Russophobic republics of the former Soviet Union...
  8. Seal Offline Seal
    Seal (Sergey Petrovich) 20 October 2023 23: 16
    Quote from Vox Populi
    The media reported that Moscow and St. Petersburg have already officially transferred...

    A. what's the point if the police have two HUGE things:
    1. HUGE writing
    2. HUGE shortage of personnel “on the ground”.
  9. Watching Offline Watching
    Watching (Alex) 20 October 2023 23: 52
    Where Islam grows stronger, there is no room for others. Politically correct tolerance towards Muslims when they are wrong is very dangerous. Stalin's USSR did not tolerate religious friction. The FSB should take this seriously.
  10. RUR Offline RUR
    RUR 21 October 2023 14: 33
    Russia itself is an unstable country with its revolutions and perestroikas, now we must add ethnic instability, its future will also not be stable - and this is at best