The Latest Data on Xenophobia in Russia

xenophobia.jpgEthnic hatred sociologists warn that the level of bigotry in russian society remains dangerously high

Public Opinion Foundation sociologists believe that the level of xenophobia in Russia remains dangerously high. Every fourth respondent admitted dislike of representatives of certain ethnic groups. Throughout 2007, 230 xenophobic attacks and conflicts were logged in Russia. Seventy-four perished in these incidents and atleast 317 sustained traumas of varying severity.

The Moscow Human Rights Bureau that constantly monitors the state of affairs with ethnic tolerance (or lack thereof) presented the latest Ethnic Intolerance Map. Victims of bigotry belong to the following ethnic groups:

Russians (13 dead – over 50 wounded),
Uzbeks (12 – 102),
Tajiks (6 – 11),
Azerbaijanis (5 – 43),
Armenians (6 – 3),
Kyrgyzes (3 – 4),
Gypsies (3 – 1),
Koreans (2 -4),
Kabardinians (2 – 1),
Dagestanis (1 – 4),
Kalmyks (1 – 3),
Vietnamese (0 – 3),
Buryats (2 – 1),
Chechens (1 – 6),
Tatars (1 -1),
Yakuts (1 – 1),
Afghanis (1 – 1),
Iranians (1 – 0),
Georgians(1 – 0),
Ingushetians (1 – 0),
people from African countries (0 -14),
people from Arab countries (0 – 12),
Jews (0 – 8),
Chinese (0- 6),
Malaysians (0 – 5),
Turks (0 – 4),
Hindu (0 – 2).

According to the human rights community, Moscow and Moscow region remains the least tolerant, followed by Ingushetia. The list of “aggressive” regions also includes St.Petersburg, Kalmykia, Nizhny Novgorod, and Rostov-on-Don. Volgograd, Omsk,  Yaroslavl, Perm, Orel, Murmansk, Novosibirsk, Kaliningrad appear to be the least problematic regions from this standpoint.

Human rights activists and sociologists point out that representatives of practically all social groups and youth subcultures fall victims of aggression.

All in all, 96 men were tried and sentenced for xenophobia all over the country in 2007. Sixty-seven of them were imprisoned.

Rossiiskaya GazetaJanuary 11, 2008

Author: Yelena Novoselova.

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