Russian Youth Group With a Mission: Sniffing Out Illegal Migrants

Andrew Roth, New York Times, September 3, 2013

As dusk fell, nine young men gathered on a leafy street in Chertanova, a bedroom community on the outskirts of Moscow. Their hair cropped short, some put on surgical masks and thick work gloves. Aleksei Khudyakov, their leader, issued final instructions like a platoon leader briefing his soldiers for a raid.

“The dorms where they live are on the other side of the building,” Mr. Khudyakov, 25, explained as his cadre shuffled with anticipation.

“They” are the latest target of political and popular outrage here: unregistered immigrant workers, especially those from former Soviet republics like Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. And Mr. Khudyakov’s team intended to catch them where they slept.

“We’re going to go in,” he told the group, half warning and half pleading with them to refrain from violence or even foul language, “but we’re not going to be rude. I don’t want to see aggression.”

They call themselves Moscow Shield, a self-described “rights” organization that, like dozens of others here, is attracting young men and women, some out of zeal and others out of boredom, a search for purpose or a sense of belonging.

The group breaks into cramped basements and other crowded living spaces identified through anonymous tips from residents, and then tries to hold immigrants there until the police arrive. In an online tally, Moscow Shield claims to have “discovered” more than 600 illegal migrants, seven of whom have been deported, since its creation in March.

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Like Cossack patrols in southern Russia or improvised neighborhood watch programs fighting drug dealers, Moscow Shield has been given unusual latitude by the police—and at times tacit assistance—as its members sometimes have pursued aggressive, even illegal, tactics.

The group, like other nationalist and patriotic youth organizations, is giving auxiliary support to Russia’s on-again, off-again crackdown on immigrant workers, which intensified last month when the police interned about 1,500 migrants in an outdoor detention camp.

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Moscow Shield, the creation of Mr. Khudyakov, a six-year veteran of a pro-Kremlin youth group called Young Russia, has held more than 50 “raids”—surprise inspections of the basements and street-level workers’ quarters that house some of Moscow’s estimated two million illegal migrants.

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{snip} In certain districts, members say they have even been used as support in some large operations.

In one raid last month, five organizations—including Moscow Shield and two others known as Light Russia and Attack—claimed to have caught more than a hundred illegal migrants while the police supervised the operation. Video of the raid showed muscle-bound young people wrestling migrant workers in the stalls of a market.

A spokesman for the district police said its officers do not hold joint raids with activists. But organizers for several of the groups said that about 40 members of law enforcement, including local police and immigration officers, attended the raid. Photo and video reports uploaded to social networking sites showed officers and group members making arrests side by side, and the police marching detainees to buses.

“We create a perimeter; the police check documents,” said Igor Mangushev, the head of Light Russia, which has been holding raids for two years and asserts that it has had more than 1,000 migrant workers deported.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Mangushev said that his group had cooperated with the police in joint raids in three city districts. Last month’s operation also served as a training exercise for newer organizations, he added.

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  • MekongDelta69

    If Aleksei Khudyakov tried to do that here, Eric Hold ‘Em Up would literally lose his shoes, running to his office to persecute… I mean… prosecute him. (Actually, I mean both).

  • Spartacus

    “Like Cossack patrols in southern Russia or improvised neighborhood
    watch programs fighting drug dealers, Moscow Shield has been given
    unusual latitude by the police—and at times tacit assistance—as its
    members sometimes have pursued aggressive, even illegal, tactics.

    The group, like other nationalist and patriotic youth organizations,
    is giving auxiliary support to Russia’s on-again, off-again crackdown on
    immigrant workers, which intensified last month when the police
    interned about 1,500 migrants in an outdoor detention camp.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    This should come as no surprise, as Russian nationalist groups are very well organized, and highly militarized . The problem is that I believe many of them are Kremlin-controlled, and might be stopped from doing too much at exactly the time when they’re supposed to do it.

  • Anan7

    We need these guys in the USA now!

    • blight14

      The ADL/SPLC would NEVER allow it………………

  • dave

    we have them,they are just too busy getting stoned and buring their heads in their i-pods.

  • The Final Solution

    Let the purge begin. This is how things started in Germany and soon it will move to more ‘permanent’ methods. Hail our Russian comrades.

  • Cannot Tell

    Groups like these are the reason that Eastern Europe may be the only white region in the world to remain white throughout the century. If I were a racially conscious white living in the West, I’d be trying to relocate.

    • Sick of it

      If you’re Slavic in origin, go for it. Otherwise, you may not find yourself welcome or much in the way of opportunity. Kind of like with Golden Dawn in Greece…it’s all about Greeks.

      • Chris Granzow XI

        A lot of them will accept you as long as you have northern european ancestry. They used to make fun of Germans and Finns in Russia back in the day, but since they were bombarded with central asians and caucasians, they now tend to form a common identity with other white people.

    • Norseman

      A little depending upon what you define as East Europe, I would also add Finland if not included in EE.

  • evilsandmich

    more than 600 illegal migrants, seven of whom have been deported

    I know 1% is vastly better than Obama, but still…

  • odious liberal

    Finally, cops worth paying.

  • bigone4u

    When rounding up the muzzies, I hope the Russian patriots are also rounding up the blacks. Yes, ice box Russia has mulattoos and Africans who target the beautiful white women of Russia. Get rid of ALL the vermin so they don’t breed.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    “…. Moscow Shield claims to have “discovered” more than 600 illegal migrants, seven of whom have been deported…”

    So, only 7 have been deported after all that work? That tells me that most of this is just for show and to give people the sense they’re toughening up. They do this to make people feel like they have control over the problem. They have news cameras conveniently at the location, they broadcast it on national news and put it the newspapers for a couple week then voilà, people actually think the problem is taken care of. They have over 2 million illegals in Moscow alone. They would have to deport 5,480 illegals everyday for a year to get things back to normal.

    • Spartacus

      From what I understand from people there, the more “radical” of such groups get rid of them without going to the police, if you get what I mean…

      Since they’re there illegally, there’s rarely anyone who even notices they’re gone .

      • Chris Granzow XI

        Yea, but that’s kind of a two-way street. Just as easily as someone could get rid of one of these immigrants, the immigrants can also commit violence against ethnic russians and go unnoticed. The shitty police work affects everyone. Just like this video of a Chechen killing a white girl. The police actually went on TV talking about how it was fake….

        – redhotrussia. com/chechen-man-slitting-throat/

        • Spartacus

          Which is why they need to make sure their “results” are better than the enemy’s .

  • blight14

    You can just FEEL the contempt the NYTimes writer has for these Russian patriots…..gosh, what a (not) surprise……

  • Global Minority

    Russia is turning out to be the key of survival for our people.

  • I have mixed feelings about this because if these people came to my house, they would be killed here. I’m already paid straight through, so a few more don’t cost me any.

  • emiledurk16

    I don’t know Russia’s immigration policy.

    Are these illegals deported upon being found by the groups in the article?

    I have a mental image of Moscow and St. Petersburg being a homogeneous majority of European stock, but I’m not sure.

    It would be disappointing if, what I believe to be a final bastion, was another geo-politic of political correctness and 3rd world intrusion.

    I’m familiar with the Russian history (tumultuous, as are most) of Viking descendancy and eventual freedom from Tatar subjugation, the religious influence of the Eastern Orthodoxy, and the retarding influence of Bolshevism.

    Can whites emigrating from a ethnically suicidal West find refuge and prosperity in this “mystery wrapped in an enigma”?

  • joesolargenius

    The russian liberals once built a dormitory for Africans whom they brought to Russia and then the Russian citizens burned it down.