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ynna, you have no idea on how russians are "effective"

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in response to reader comment: Hoping to be wrong.-To Guy Leven Torres (again)

Submitted by susan (Italy), May 29, 2007 at 13:39

ynna you seem to be very biased negatively towards russians.

You said they "didnt' do anything after beslan. Well, they murdered basayef without accepting any politically correct appeasement of the sort "he's a fighter not a terrorist" that USA and Europe are full of.

Now read here what the russians are doing against islam, you'd be surprised, since it's 10 times more what USA is doing. (my comments in BOLD)


The Sobornaya is one of four mosques in the Russian capital to serve a Muslim population of about 2.5 million -- the largest of any European city. Muslim leaders say attempts to build more have been blocked by local officials, who fear angering Moscow's ethnic Russian majority. (for your comparison London probably has more mosques than any other city in the Western world, save Turkey, in fact they are 185 serving a muslim population that's a lot LOWER than the one in moscow, the mosques in New York are now more than 70, in LA 15, again serving a population that's a lot lower)

For many ethnic Russians, the prospect of becoming a minority in their country is unthinkable, and nationalist sentiments are on the rise. "Russia is historically a Slavic, Orthodox Christian land, and we need to make sure it stays that way," said Alexander Belov, head of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, an increasingly powerful interest group that has organized dozens of rallies in recent months.

Attacks on mosques have been increasing. In September, an imam in the southern city of Kislovodsk was shot dead outside his home. During days of rioting in August, mobs chased Chechens and other migrants from the Caucasus region out of the northwestern town of Kondopoga.

Sensing the nationalist mood, Russian authorities have begun to crack down. This fall, four Russian regions introduced mandatory classes in Orthodox Christianity in all schools. On Wednesday, the Russian Cabinet announced a new law that will ban foreigners, most of them Muslims, from working in retail stalls and markets, starting next year. Thursday, the director of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodanovsky, said foreigners should not be allowed to create "ethnic enclaves" in which they outnumber "native Russians" in any district or region of the country. (do you see any western country doing the same?)

If there is a kind of people taking the situation in their own hands it's russians, they haven't been plagued by the PC idiocy yet.


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