Moscow's Ethnic Riots Signal Official Xenophobia

When riots hit Moscow on Oct. 13, sparked by a murder for which a migrant worker from the Caucasus was blamed, Russian authorities were forced to make a choice: condemn xenophobia or embrace it. They chose to embrace it. Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow's new mayor, sided with the violent mob of ethnic Russians who attacked the city's migrant workers. Instead of defending the victims, Sobyanin ordered police to arrest hundreds of migrants, and his orders were carried out seemingly at random. Instead of pledging to fix the damaged businesses, Sobyanin ordered them shut for using migrant...

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