Ultranationalists vow to march in Moscow

November 4, 2006 11:35


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Hundreds of ultranationalists gathered near a Russian Orthodox convent on Saturday to proclaim the superiority of Russians and protest against what they see as encroachment by other ethnic groups. Up to 1,000 people, some waving radical party flags and others clutching religious icons, rallied at a square near the Novodevichy convent, where triumphant music played over loudspeakers. At one point, many in the crowd stretched out their hands in a Nazi-type salute. "The Russian people face a threat from Jews," said a 50-year-old businessman who identified himself only by his first name, Alexander, for fear of official harassment. "They have created a kingdom, and they're not letting Russian people be in charge." Others complained of the presence of dark-skinned migrants from other former Soviet republics, whom they derisively refer to as "blacks." "I came here to remember that I am also a Russian man. I live well, I earn well, I have a family, but the blacks, they spoil my life," said Pavel, 32, who withheld his last name fearing arrest.

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